Berretini shocked the top seed Khachanov

World No 53 shocked Matteo Berrettini the top seed Karen Khachanov and knocked him out in the second round of Sofia Open 2019. In the battle of the 22-year old players, the Italian showed better form and strong will and won 6:7 (6), 6:3, 6:4.

Khachanov had problems and struggled, but won the first set with a tiebreak. But Berrettini never gave up and stayed solid during the next two sets, winning his fourth match this season.

“I’m really happy for the win. I think we did a great match,” Berrettini said. “I was really focused in the second set. I was feeling better and better… I lost against him twice when we were juniors, so I’m really happy.”

The Italian will face in the quarters the winner between Fernando Verdasco and last year runner up – Marius Copil.