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Mexican Open: Berrettini retirement sends Rune into semi-finals against De Minaur
Rune takes a 2-0 record over De Minaur into their semi-final clash in Acapulco
Denmark’s Holger Rune, the No 4 seed, advanced to the semi-finals of the Mexican Open when Italian Matteo Berrettini retired at the Princess Mundo Imperial in Acapulco on Thursday evening.
Rune, ranked No 10 in the world, was leading the former Wimbledon finalist 6-0, 1-0 when Berrettini, ranked No 24, pulled out on due to injury.
Berrettini didn’t call the doctor during the match and his injury remains unclear. He scored only 7 of the 35 points played. The Italian never showed himself really able to compete in this match.
The 19-year-old Dane will face Australian Alex De Minaur, the No 8 seed, for a spot in the final. Rune has beaten De Minaur in both their previous meetings on the ATP Tour, both coming in indoor hardcourts in 2022.
Ahead of his win today, Holger Rune defeated American wildcard Ben Shelton (6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-2) and Portuguese Nuno Borges (6-0, 6-2).
Berrettini, playing his first event since the Australian Open, benefited from the retirement of Slovak Alex Molcan (6-0, 1-0) and won against Swede lucky loser Elias Ymer (6-3, 6-3) earlier in the week
Acapulco ATP500, other Quarter-Final results (Princess Mundo Imperial, hard, USD 2,013,940, most recent results first):
- Taylor Fritz (3) beat Frances Tiafoe (6): 6-3, 6-4
- Alex De Minaur beat Taro Daniel (Q): 6-2, 6-2
- Tommy Paul (7) beat Mackenzie McDonald: 6-2, 6-2