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ATP Finals: Matteo Berrettini tears, injured and forced to throw in the towel against Alexander Zverev (VIDEO)

Facing his home crowd in Turin, the Italian could not go to the end of his match against Zverev.

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NSAto Berrettini (ATP 7), opposing German Alexander Zverev (ATP 3), left Pala Albitor in Turin on Sunday evening. In front of his fans, the Italian had to throw in the towel at the start of the second set, with obvious abdominal injuries. The 25-year-old Romanian received the first set 7-6 (9/7) and was leading 1-0 in the second set in this match of the first day of the ATP Finals (hard), the masters at the end of the tennis season.

After a medical reprieve, Berrettini attempted to come back, but apparently unable to continue, he surrendered after a cross forehand down the hall. If he loses the rest of the tournament, he will be replaced by compatriot Yannick Sener, 10th in the world and first reserve.

At the start of the day, Daniil Medvedev, the second in the world and defending champion, got off to a good start defending his title. The Russian still needed three groups to take the Polish Hubert Hurkacz (ATP 9) gauge.

The green group will start on Monday with Novak Djokovic (ATP 1) – Casper Ruud (ATP 8) at 2pm, then Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 4) – Andrei Rublev (ATP 5) at 9pm.

After twelve editions in London between 2009 and 2020, the Masters moved to Italy and Turin. The city of Piedmont will host the traditional finale of the season until 2025.

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