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.
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.
‘I don’t get why you are scared to call a timeout’ – Matteo Berrettini to coach Marco Gulisano
Elsewhere, Alexei Popyrin and Corentin Moutet sealed 4-0 wins over Benoit Paire and Dustin Brown respectively.