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Italian 24th seed Matteo Berrettini edged a thrilling five-set game against Gael Monfils to achieve a first Grand Slam.
In a conclusion, the squandered four match points held his nerve in a.
He eventually won 3-6 6-3 6-2 3-6 7-6 (7-5) in 3 hours and 57 minutes.
The Italian will play Diego Schwartzman to get a place in Sunday’s final at Flushing Meadows or three-time winner Rafael Nadal.
“At this time I don’t remember any points, only the match purpose,” Berrettini explained.
“What a terrific battle. I think that it was one of the greatest matches I saw – I was enjoying with, but I saw. I am really proud of myself”
As his bid to reach a US Open semi-final since 2016 took off to the perfect beginning on Arthur Ashe Stadium frenchman Monfils had gone a set and a breakup.
Not able to settle, Berrettini battled back to win 12 of their 16 games and move a set with Monfils out of success and gained in confidence.
The momentum flipped at the fourth set since Monfils summoned the nerve to grab a fifth break point opportunity at 2-1 up – that the single break of serve enough to make sure the game would go the distance.
The pair exchanged breaks in the fifth group in keeping with the stream of the competition – but it was the Italian who seemed to have mustered a final drive for victory when he awakened to love for a 4-2 lead.
Because the enormity of the event struck Berrettini and that he double-faulted on his first game point that wasn’t to be the close of the drama. That became break point as the professional Monfils capitalised.
Holding to lead 6-5, two more match points were overlooked as Monfils forced a tie-break.
But despite threatening to allow the opportunity slip the Italian, who had failed to advance beyond the initial round in two previous attempts in New York, closed out to set the biggest match of his career up so far.
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