Matteo Berrettini surprised another favorite for the title at Sofia Open 2019.
After shocking the top seed Karen Khachanov in the second round, 22-year-old Roman defeated Fernando Verdasco 4:6, 7:5, 6:4 and booked a place in the semifinals.
It was another more than two hours drama for Berrettini, who played 2 hours and 22 minutes for the win. In the second round, he stayed on the court for 2 hours and 10 minutes against Khachanov.
He will face another surprising semifinalist – Marton Fucsovics. The Hungarian went into the semis after Roberto Bautista Agut’s withdrawal due to illness.
Berrettini won his maiden ATP Tour title last July at the J.Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad but hadn’t won back-to-back matches this season since Sofia.