That tournament and the quarterfinal in particular have transformed Berrettini  from a perspective youngster into an elite player. Prior to US Open ’19 the Italian had not played a quarterfinal in a big tournament, he was a bit lucky that didn’t face neither Djokovic nor Nadal, but the task on the biggest tennis arena (Arthur Ashe Stadium) was still tough – he faced 10 years older, very experienced Monfils . Berrettini was tense, he trailed 3-6 *0:2 (0/15) when struck an amazing forehand DTL winner and started playing better. He fought off a break point in that game and soon afterwards Monfils began to struggle with humidity (due to rain the roof was closed as he trailed *2:4 in the 3rd set and the 9-minute break helped him to improve physically). In the decider Berrettini led with a break twice, but serving at 5:3 (40/30) he committed a double fault with a heavy arm, and there was 0/30 on his serve at 5-all. In the 12th game he had two more match points. Monfils helped in the tie-break dropping two points with double faults. At 5:4* there was the longest rally of the contest (24 strokes) and Berrettini finished it with a subtle volley. He converted his fifth MP with a big serve down the line – Monfils blocked it but the ball landed outside the baseline – Berrettini celebrated the biggest win of his career at the time, lying on the floor.
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