Berrettini Reaches His First Clay-Court Final In Two Years With Sensational Marrakech Run

Berrettini Reaches His First Clay-Court Final In Two Years With Sensational Marrakech Run

by Zachary Wimer

Matteo Berrettini played another solid match to secure the 2024 Marrakech Open final, his first since coming back from injury.

Berrettini made the comeback from injury a few weeks ago on the ATP Challenger Tour, making the Arizona Tennis Classic's final. He didn't win the event but enjoyed a good run, hoping to transform it to the ATP Tour-level.

He failed in his first attempt at the Miami Open, losing to Andy Murray in his first match, but it worked out in Marrakech. He's been playing good tennis in Morroco all week long and continued to do that in the semi-final, beating Mariano Navone in three sets.

The Argentine started really well, winning the opening set behind the really clinical play in the crucial moments. He fought off multiple break points, which mattered because Berrettini managed to break him only once in that set.

He broke the Italian once as well, so the set ended up in a tie-break, which Navone won 7-4. The Argentine was just better when it mattered the most; however, that changed as the match went on. Berrettini was able to play much better in the second set in part due to simply figuring out what Navone does.

The Italian broke early and then added another break later on to finish the set 6-3. He created a lot of pressure on Navone on the second serve and used his chances much better.

He didn't allow too many chances and was more clinical this time around, especially in the crucial moments. The final set was pretty similar as Berrettini was now in full swing, knowing exactly what to do to win the match, and he would.

He broke Navone once more to take a 5-2 lead and then finished it off to win the match 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-2. It's been just a great week in general for Berrettini and at the perfect time.


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