Rome – Germany's Alexander Zverev, the world's 5th player, had a new disillusion on Tuesday from his debut at the Masters 1000 in Rome under the law of the Italian Matteo Berrettini (33), one of the players in the form of the moment, winner 7-5, 7-5.
Still 3rd world in late April, the 22-year-old German is struggling to find the right pace in his preparation for Roland Garros. Zverev was indeed eliminated in the quarterfinals in Madrid (by Tsitsipas) and Munich (by Garin) after unsuccessful failures in Barcelona (second round) and Monte Carlo (round of 16).
For his part, the 23-year-old Romain, who was the beneficiary of a wild card, dismissed four break points in the second set before concluding for the public joy of Foro Italico. Finalist in Munich and winner in Budapest, Berrettini will be opposed to the next round to the Argentine Diego Schwartzman or the Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas.