Daniel Altmaier stuns Matteo Berrettini on Court Philippe Chatrier; he becomes the fourth man to reach the round of 16 on his Grand Slam debut since 2000 and faces Pablo Carreno Busta next
By Raz Mirza
Last Updated: 03/10/20 1:58pm
German qualifier Daniel Altmaier, ranked 186th in the world, bundled out Italian seventh seed Matteo Berrettini from the French Open on Saturday.
Making his debut at this year’s Grand Slam at Roland Garros, the Sky Sports Scholar broke the off-colour Italian’s serve four times to secure a comprehensive 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 victory in their first career meeting in two hours and 15 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier.
“It’s my first time on this court and playing in Paris, I’m delighted to be in the fourth round,” Altmaier said in his on-court interview.
“My coach and I have been working so hard to be here, and while I’ve struggled with a few injuries, I am super pleased it’s at Roland Garros.
“Before qualifying, I was struggling with an injury, so I wasn’t sure I was going to play. I hope the crowd and the TV audience enjoyed watching, as I want to entertain.”
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Altmaier hit 23 winners, many of them from his sizzling one-handed backhand, while Berrettini’s powerful game lacked control as he dished up 42 unforced errors, the last of them on match point.
“Pretty upset. I was really feeling bad on the court. I’m feeling bad now,” said Berrettini. “Didn’t play well in the big stage. It’s painful. But I guess that’s tennis.
“For me, I felt the conditions were pretty heavy. I tried to fight. I tried to play with what I had, but wasn’t enough. I think he really deserved the win.”
In the fourth round, Altmaier will meet US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreno Busta, seeded 17th, for a place in the quarter-finals after he won the all-Spanish battle against 10th seed Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-4 6-3 5-7 6-4.
The 22-year-old German has now dropped just one set en route to the fourth round, which was during qualifying.
He will be playing his seventh match in the space of 14 days having suffered from shoulder, hip and abdominal injuries in the past.