Marrakech Open: Fit-again Berrettini picks up first ATP Tour win since US Open

The Italian returned to the Tour last month after almost six months out through injury

Matteo Berrettini clay CHRYSLENE CAILLAUD
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Italian Matteo Berrettini took a significant step forward on his return from injury as he beat Kazakh Alexander Shevchenko, the No 6 seed, 6-2, 6-1 to reach round two of the Marrakech Open at Royal Tennis Club de Marrakech on Tuesday.

The former Wimbledon runner-up, who returned to the Tour last month after six months away because of injury, raced to his first ATP Tour win since last year’s US Open and his first clay-court win since Monte-Carlo a year ago.

“It’s great to be back, I’m just really happy. I said it many times, but seven months without playing is a long time. I missed it, and that’s why I have so much energy right now. I’m just enjoying playing,” Berrettini said.

“Today I played really good. In the comeback I didn’t expect to play so many matches in a row, but it’s good, it’s what I needed. It’s one of the reasons probably why I won this match as well. I feel good, and I’m really happy to be here in Morocco.”

The world No 135 will play Spaniard Jaume Munar next.

Marrakech ATP 250, other first-round results (Royal Tennis Club de Marrakech, clay, EUR 579.320, most recent results first):

  • David Goffin vs. Arthur Rinderknech
  • Albert Ramos-Vinolas vs. Stan Wawrinka
  • Matteo Gigante vs. Roberto Carballes Baena
  • Nicolas Moreno De Alboran vs. Facundo Diaz Acosta: tuesday
  • Fabio Fognini vs. Hugo Gaston: tuesday
  • Flavio Cobolli (8) beat Abdullah Shelbayh (WC): 6-1, 6-4
  • Aleksandar Vukic beat Alexandre Muller: 6-3, 7-6 (5)
  • Sumit Nagal beat Corentin Moutet: 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
  • Mariano Navone (7) beat Aziz Dougaz (WC): 6-3, 6-2
  • Pavel Kotov beat Elliot Benchetrit (WC): 7-5, 6-3
  • Jaume Munar beat Luca Van Assche: 7-6 (3), 6-2

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