A total of 24 breaks occurred in this dramatic three-set battle, and the long set of the final set was unsecured for ten consecutive rounds. Bertens scored 61 winning points and saved a match point at the end of the game. Finally, after a fierce battle of 3 hours and 11 minutes, he won his first victory against an Italian star.
"The progress of the race is like riding a roller coaster," Bertens told the media after the race. "My body is not feeling very well. I have cramps. I think everyone can tell. But the strange thing is that I don't feel very tired. , But I sweat a lot and I feel cold all over. I don’t know why, maybe my body is still a little tight."
"I'm always fighting, I still don't know how to win the game."
"It's very difficult. Of course you want to be more aggressive, but it's difficult to do it on this court at this stage," Bertens said. "Then you will get into a hard fight, a little overwhelmed, and the opponent But can read the game well."
"So today there are a lot of small balls, a lot of runs, many breaks, because I think sometimes when I hit a beautiful ball, she can always respond with a better ball. I have been trying to find a solution."
"After I was over, I lay on the ground and waited until all the excitement faded and I started to cramp all over, which felt terrible," Bertens said. "But when you think of a good place, cramps come and go quickly. Quick, I won’t stay in the body forever."
"I have to stay calm and can't always make a fist to celebrate, because every time I make a fist, I feel my fingers can't close normally."
Next, Bertens will face Snyakova, who beat Pavlyuchenkova 6-3 6-4.
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