For a split second on Thursday during his second-round match at Australian Open 2021, Matteo Berrettini had flashbacks to girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic’s titanic tussle against Simona Halep.
Tomljanovic — with the crowd roaring her on and Berrettini nervously watching — led the two-time Grand Slam winner 5-2 in the third set on Wednesday only to see the Romanian win five straight games.
Berrettini took it all in from Tomljanovic’s box, and admitted he wondered whether the same thing might happen to him against Tomas Machac in the fourth set.
The world No.10 featured on the very same stage, Margaret Court Arena.
“For a moment I thought about it,” the big-serving Berrettini admitted. “But with my game it's different.”
Indeed, the Italian suffered no such heartbreak and closed out the Czech qualifier 6-3 6-2 4-6 6-3.