Acapulco, March 2nd – The match that many expected had an unfortunate outcome. Holger Rune made it to the semifinals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC after a great performance and the withdrawal of Matteo Berrettini.
The Italian had shown a great game in his previous matches, but from the beginning of the match against Rune he looked different. Matteo did not have the same mobility or acceleration in his shots. He struggled to compete.
On the other hand, Rune was close to perfection. His serves were sharp and his return was accurate. He moved well from the back of the court and managed to neutralize Berrettini.
The match had to be suspended due to a light drizzle when Rune was leading 4-0. Shortly before the break, Matteo requested the presence of the physio for a problem in his right calf, but the call could not materialize due to the arrival of some scattered rains.
When the action resumed, Berrettini had complications to compete both with his serve and return. After Rune had started 1-0 in the second set, the Italian decided to retire from the match.
Thus Holger Rune advanced to the semifinals of the tournament, where he will face Alex De Minaur for a place in the title match.