Italian tennis superstar Matteo Berrettini (Getty Photography)
Matteo Berrettini followed up his take over Andy Murray with a straight sets victory over Dan Evans 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 to achieve the Queen’s match semi-finals on Friday.
The cease-seeded Italian made gentle of the day’s play being delayed by four hours in consequence of torrential rain and exposed the hole between him and the British #1 as soon as he came by a difficult first explain.
The 25-year-previous college, ranked ninth within the realm and surely one of 10 Italians within the tip 100, broke sixth-seeded Evans to like to transfer 5-3 up within the second.
He will now play Australian fourth seed Alex de Minaur who defeated 2017 Wimbledon runner-up Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
“In the tie-ruin there own been a few aspects I did now now not again wisely however I played greater within the previous couple of aspects,” acknowledged Berrettini.
“Then I felt more confident, they had been complex stipulations and it took time to stand on high of issues however I’m slightly overjoyed with my efficiency.”
Berrettini acknowledged he was now now not taking half in Queen’s for the foremost time upright to glean some note on grass before Wimbledon which gets underway on Monday week.
“I came here to take the match,” he acknowledged.
“Clearly I mediate match by match and I’m two steps away.
“I will deem the next one tonight however I’m overjoyed with the formula I’m taking half in and my mental perspective is principally exact.”
The dwelling crowd is now now not going to lower than own one Briton to cheer on within the semi-finals as Cameron Norrie performs 19-year-previous college Jack Draper within the quarter-finals.
The winner of that tie will play both Canada’s second seed Denis Shapovalov or Frances Tiafoe of the US.
Results from ATP Queen’s match on Friday (x denotes seeding):
Matteo Berrettini (ITA x1) bt Dan Evans (GBR x6) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3
Alex de Minaur (AUS x4) bt Marin Cilic (CRO) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Cameron Norrie (GBR) bt Jack Draper (GBR) 6-3, 6-3
Suspended in consequence of darkness:
Denis Shapovalov (CAN x2) leads Frances Tiafoe (USA) 6-3