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Matteo Berrettini downs Richard Gasquet at UTS

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Matteo Berrettini of Italy reacts

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ByEurosport
27/06/2020 at 19:45 | Updated 27/06/2020 at 23:31

Matteo Berrettini dealt Richard Gasquet a crushing defeat on day five of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown at the Mouratoglou Academy.

Berrettini, along with Gasquet and Stefanos Tsitsipas, held a record of 3-1 ahead of the fifth day of competition and he beat Frenchman Gasquet 13-12, 21-11, 12-11, 16-14 in a dominant, heavy-hitting performance.

The Ultimate Tennis Showdown sees each match will have four 10-minute quarters, with a two-minute break between them, and the player with most points will win the quarter. The format is like a tie-breaker in traditional tennis with each player having two serves in a row.

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The 4-0 scoreline flattered Berrettini with three of the four quarters fairly tight encounters.

In other innovations, coaches will be allowed one 30-second timeout per quarter and fans will be able to hear the coach-player conversation, which must be conducted in English, and Berrettini asked Marco Gulisano why he was afraid to call a timeout during the Italian’s match with Gasquet on Saturday.

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Elsewhere, Alexei Popyrin and Corentin Moutet sealed 4-0 wins over Benoit Paire and Dustin Brown respectively.

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