Matteo Berrettini Returns with a Win at Phoenix Challenger

Matteo Berrettini Returns with a Win at Phoenix Challenger

Matteo Berrettini, the 2021 Wimbledon finalist, made a triumphant return to competitive tennis on Tuesday at the Phoenix Challenger. After a seven-month absence due to injury, Berrettini overcame a slow start to defeat Hugo Gaston in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Berrettini’s victory marked his first match since the US Open last August, where he suffered a ligament rupture in his right ankle. The injury followed an abdominal issue that had sidelined him for much of the 2023 European clay-court season.

Despite his recent setbacks, Berrettini expressed his joy at being back on the court. “I’m just so happy. It’s been 10 years! It was so long. It’s been almost seven months since my last match,” he said.

Berrettini’s return to competition comes at the 175-level Phoenix Challenger, where he is seeded third. Last year, he fell in his opener at Indian Wells as a seeded competitor, seeking match reps to regain his confidence.

This time, Berrettini is on the comeback trail from injury, a narrative he has unfortunately become accustomed to. His ranking has slipped to No. 154, but he has entered the upcoming Masters 1000 event in Miami with a protected ranking of No. 74.

Berrettini’s victory in Phoenix is a testament to his resilience and determination. He will face a tough challenge in the next round against top seed Chris Eubanks, but his performance on Tuesday suggests that he is ready to make a strong comeback.

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