(Reuters) – Italy’s Matteo Berrettini fought again from a suite down to overcome Briton Kyle Edmund 3-6 6-Three 6-Four within the first spherical of the Vienna Open on Monday, giving his possibilities of qualifying for subsequent month’s ATP Finals a shot within the arm.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas have already certified for the season-ending event in London, with Alexander Zverev and Berrettini lately occupying the ultimate two to be had spots.

3rd seed Berrettini fired 10 aces and stored 4 of 5 spoil issues all through the stumble upon the place the 23-year-old Italian was once additionally compelled to name for a instructor after he rolled his ankle early within the fit.

Then again, after losing serve as soon as within the opening set, he broke Edmund two times and didn’t face a unmarried spoil level within the decider to arrange a 2nd spherical conflict with Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

Dimitrov, who received his 300th fit at the ATP excursion, knocked out qualifier Damir Dzumhur 6-Three 7-Five and predicted a “nice fit” within the subsequent spherical between the 2 shedding semi-finalists from this 12 months’s U.S. Open.

“He (Berrettini) has been taking part in neatly. I feel above all, the entirety fits him extra at the present time as a result of clearly he is were given a couple of fits in the back of his again all over the 12 months,” Dimitrov mentioned.

“He will opt for a large number of his favourite pictures and he is going to take a look at to play his sport. However on the identical time, I feel with every fit I acquire self assurance and every fit is solely as vital for me.”

Russian 2nd seed Karen Khachanov prevailed 6-Four 7-6(3) over Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, whilst Argentine 5th seed Diego Schwartzman beat Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-Four 6-Four to advance.

Most sensible seed Dominic Thiem is in motion on Tuesday when he is taking on unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

(Reporting through Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, enhancing through Pritha Sarkar)



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