Berrettini, the return is approaching: Wednesday on the pitch in Stuttgart.  In the quarterfinals possible derby with Sonego beating Paire

Good first for Lorenzo Sonego in the ATP 250 tournament in Stuttgart, Germany. The 27-year-old from Turin, 32 in the ranking and sixth favorite in seeding, beat French Benoit Paire, 80 Atp 7-5 6-2 in an hour and 17 minutes of the match. “It’s the first time I’ve come here but I was immediately happy – commented the blue – I like to play on grass, even if the transition from clay to grass is never easy. At the beginning of the match I had some problem because I had never faced him but I knew that he can play in an incredible way, then I melted and everything went well “. In the second round – Wednesday – Sonego will find the German Jan-Lennard Struff, n.103 in the ranking, on the other side of the net, on the draw thanks to a wild card, never faced in his career. The 32-year-old from Warstein in Stuttgart boasts the semifinal of 2019, stopped by Berrettini then winner of the tournament.

Own Matteo Berrettini is ready to return to the field. On Wednesday he will challenge the winner between the Portuguese in the round of 16 Joao Sousa and a qualified. In the quarters, then, he could meet the same Lorenzo Sonego for an Italian derby. Berrettini had set the date of his return to the circuit with a video message published on social media at the end of May. Tournament, that of Stuttgart, which Berrettini won in 2019 in the final against the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.

The number one of Italian tennis has not played since March 7, after the defeat in the Masters 1000 of Indian Wells against the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic. He had his hand operated on March 29, with the long rehabilitation that forced him to miss the whole season on clay, including the Internazionali d’Italia and Roland Garros. Meanwhile, he was admired in an elegant white dress with a black shirt at the Cannes Film Festival and resumed training to get back on the grass.

Atp Stuttgart from this year by Boss

From this year, the Stuttgart ATP 250 has a new main sponsor, Hugo Boss, who boasts Berrettini as a global testimonial. Therefore, the path on the grass of the first Italian to triumph at Queen’s, the prestigious London event to which he will return this year, could only begin here. The Stuttgart tournament is one of the oldest tennis events in Germany: the first edition was held in 1898. It was played on clay for a long time before the Tennisclub Weissenhof that hosts it approved the switch to grass in 2015. Since then, the tournament has been held the week after Roland Garros and marks one of the stages of approach to Wimbledon.

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