In Italian tennis, everything is rosy. It currently has nine players in the Top 100, young and old, and at this US Open there is a new record: for the first time in the Open Era, three men from Italy will play the third round at Flushing Meadows. Matteo Berrettini (8th), Jannik Sinner (16th) and Andreas Seppi (89th) are the protagonists of this unprecedented brand.
Berrettini and Sinner are the referents and the Italian leaders in the ranking. The sixth seed, finalist of Wimbledon, got rid of Jeremy Chardy in three sets and Corentin Moutet in four sets, complying with the logic and ensuring his place in the round of 32. In that instance, his rival will be Illya Ivashka, of great present . For his part, the 20-year-old, thirteenth seed, left a sleeve against Max Purcell and Zachary Svadja; anyway, his level is still good and he will have to beat Gael Monfils if he wants to get into the second week of the US Open for the first time in his life.
Nevertheless, Italy introduced us to an old acquaintance who is becoming the top of the tournament: Seppi, 37 years old. The Bolzano-born equaled his best participation in New York (3R in 2008, 2013 and 2015), but at the least expected moment; He had just won one of his last six games and even this year had lost his place in the Top 100. The former world number 18 began his journey by saving five match points to eliminate Marton Fucsovics in five sets and this Thursday he hit the beat Hubert Hurkacz, 10th seed, in four rounds. Now he goes with one of the qualy, Oscar Otte (144 of the ranking).
Can any of them be the first Italian men’s champion in the history of the US Open?