‘I felt something go’ – Matteo Berrettini suffers injury in Australian Open victory

Matteo Berrettini has admitted he is ‘upset’ about suffering injury in his Australian Open match against Karen Khachanov.

Berrettini powered his way into the fourth round by winning three tiebreaks against the Russian, but his victory was undermined by a rib injury in the third set.

The Italian required a lengthy medical time-out, although he said the physio told him he didn’t think it was a pulled muscle.

“I felt something go underneath my rib,” Berrettini told Eurosport.

“Now I have to think about my body. I really hope I can find my best in two days.”

It was the first day at the Australian Open without crowds as the five-day circuit-breaker coronavirus lockdown started in Melbourne, and Berrettini said he felt their absence.

“I really miss the crowd and people. I have to be honest, a stadium like this and looking at it empty is not the best feeling, but we are living in hard times and we have to adapt.

“There are worse things in the world. Hopefully in a few days they’re going to be back and I really hope that I’m going to be able to play in front of them again.

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