Matteo Berrettini became the first Italian to Achieve the semi-finals of at the US Open men following a five-set slugfest against Gael Monfils on Wednesday since 1977.
Berrettini, the 24th seed, produced some massive hitting to battle to a lung-busting 3-6 6-3 6-2 3-6 7-6 (7-5) victory in sweltering conditions under the roof of Arthur Ashe.
The 23-year-old won an epic poem competition later taking his fifth match point to emerge on top of a roller-coaster ride of the encounter, lasting a color.
“Right now I don’t remember any issues. Only the match stage,” said Berrettini, who dropped here in the very first round this past year. “While I was playing I thought, this is one of the best matches I ever watched. I had been enjoying with, but I was watching too.”
Despite creating 64 errors he hit 53 winners and served 15 aces, winning a game. Monfils created 51 unforced errors and served as 17 faults.
Berrettini will now hope to go one better than his compatriot Corrado Barazzutti, who lost to Jimmy Connors in Forest Hills 42 years ago, when he takes on the winner of the last quarter-final between three-time champion Rafael Nadal and Diego Schwartzman of Argentina to get a place in the final.
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