Matteo Berrettini reflects on ousting Dominic Thiem in Gstaad

Matteo Berrettini was thrilled with the performance he delivered versus Dominic Thiem as he thought that every aspect of his game clicked extremely well against the Austrian. 

On Saturday, Berrettini saw off Thiem 6-1 6-4 to progress into the Gstaad final.

Berrettini got off to a strong start, breaking Thiem twice to easily win the first set. 

In the second set, Berrettini broke Thiem twice to open a 5-2 lead, but failed to serve out for the match in the eighth game. 

Berrettini maybe didn’t serve out for the match in the eighth game but broke Thiem again in the ninth game, when the Austrian was serving to stay in the match.

“I’m really happy with my performance,” Berrettini said after beating Thiem, per the ATP website. “I knew that I had to play my best tennis to beat him. I think my game in general was working pretty well. I was serving well, returning well. I was being aggressive. I don’t think I gave him the time to play his game and that was the key today.”

Berrettini plays his best match in Gstaad

On Friday, Berrettini recovered from a set down to avoid a shock loss to Pedro Martinez. 

The following day, Berrettini played much better and absolutely crushed Thiem. 

“Obviously, the more you play, the more you feel better,” Berrettini noted. “I think today was my best match of the week, obviously against a great player. I knew that I had to play at this level to beat him. I started way better. The approach was better, the attitude was better, the energy was better. I really enjoyed it.”

Berrettini lifted his maiden ATP title in Gstaad in 2018. 

Four years later, Berrettini is just a win away from winning his second Gstaad title and keeping a perfect record at the Swiss tournament. 

Berrettini plays defending Gstaad champion Casper Ruud in the final.