WATCH: Matteo Berrettini takes to practice court to keep home hopes alive
After a match-ending injury against Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini looked finished in Turin, but was today spotted hitting on-court.
The Italian thoroughly entertained the home crowd alongside Zverev in the opening set of their group match, with an 80-minute opening set culminating in a tiebreak win for the German.
But soon after, Berrettini was forced to retire from the contest with a similar injury to the one that sidelined him for two months following the Australian Open.
While the 25-year-old may have been expected to announce his withdrawal from the event altogether soon after, he is yet to do so.
Now, ahead of his second group match against Hubert Hurkacz, the world number seven took to the practice court with his team.
Berrettini has until 9pm local time in Turin, when his battle with Hurkacz is scheduled to begin.
Should he withdraw, first alternate and fellow Italian Jannik Sinner would take his place.
Referring back to the injury sustained by Berrettini, his Davis Cup captain Filippo Volandri had this to say the day after the Zverev match.
“Berrettini woke up better than when he had the same injury at the Australian Open. Yesterday he stopped immediately.”
See below to take a look at the Italian talent hitting in training today.
The final group match for Berrettini, or Sinner should he replace him, would be against world number two Daniil Medvedev.
Berrettini has an 0-2 record against the Russian. Meanwhile Sinner has the same 0-2 record, both on indoor hard courts just like in Turin.
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