Matteo Berrettini has made a mark in New York. The world No. 25 has scored wins over Richard Gasquet, Jordan Thompson, Alexei Popyrin and Andrey Rublev to reach his first major quarterfinal. Here are five things to know about the new Grand Slam threat:
The 25-year-old Italian made his ATP main-draw debut in Rome just two years ago as wild card entry. He was defeated by Fabio Fognini in the first round, but would grab his first ATP-level match win two tournaments later over Viktor Troicki in Doha.
In 2018, Berrettini won his first singles and doubles titles at the same event, the Swiss Open in Gstaad. He defeated Roberto Bautista Agust in singles and won the doubles title (with Daniele Bracciali). He also pulled off wins against Feliciano Lopez and Rublev, who he just beat again on Monday.
Berrettini has a younger brother named Jacopo Berrettini, who also plays professional tennis. The 20-year-old can be found mostly on the ATP Challenger Tour, most recently losing in the first round of a Challenger in Cordenons, Italy. He's currently ranked No. 412.
Since turning pro in 2015, the Italian has won three ATP titles, two on clay (Gstaad and Budapest) and one on grass (Stuttgart). He also reached the Munich final on clay earlier this year. He has never played in an ATP final on hard surface; perhaps the US Open could be his first.
Berrettini's quarterfinal run is the farthest the Italian has gone in New York in 42 years. His previous best was the fourth round at Wimbledon this season.
The Italian will reach a career-high ranking (beating his previous best of No. 20) when the new rankings come out after the US Open. He'll take on Gael Monfils on Wednesday for a spot in the semifinals.
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