The 26-year-old Berrettini has won all his eight matches on grass this season, which already earned him the tournament victory in Stuttgart, and is one of the best players in the world on this surface. His peer Van de Zandschulp is still making a solid rise in the world rankings, winning a few places again this week to position 26.
Berrettini, last year’s losing finalist at Wimbledon, initially looked way too strong, conceding just one point in his first four service games. But Van de Zandschulp was tough and brushed away the first eight breakpoints he encountered.
When Van de Zandschulp had handed in a service game, he survived a set point on the Italian’s serve and broke him back to 5-4. So much for the revival in the first set.