Monday 14 October, 2019

Berrettini outlasts Monfils at US Open

Matteo Berrettini, of Italy, pumps his fist after winning a point against Gael Monfils, of France, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in New York.

Matteo Berrettini, of Italy, pumps his fist after winning a point against Gael Monfils, of France, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in New York.

Matteo Berrettini of Italy advanced to his first Grand Slam semifinal after nearly four exhausting hours, edging Gael Monfils 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5).

With both players fighting fatigue and a faulty serve down the stretch, Berrettini finally closed it out on his fifth match point — after double-faulting away his first chance long before that.

The match that began under muggy conditions ended under the closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium, 3 hours, 57 minutes after it began.

The 24th-seeded Berrettini advanced to face No. 2 Rafael Nadal or No. 20 Diego Schwartzman.

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