Berrettini overcomes stomach pain to beat Nakashima – “My body wasn’t there”

World No. 7 Matteo Berrettini overcame a stomach pain issue to beat Brandon Nakashima in the opening round of the Australian Open.

Berrettini is one of the contenders to back at the Australian Open. He enjoyed a great run at the All England Club, and looks ready to take a maiden major in Australia after a fantastic start.

The first game went well for him, as he overcame America’s Nakashima. However, he had to do it the hard way, with a health issue irritating him throughout the match.

Berrettini revealed that he overcame a stomach pain issue to beat Nakashima at the opening round of the Australian Open.

“I’ve been feeling sick with my stomach, let’s say that,” the Hammer said, as quoted by the official Australian Open website.  

“It was really hard to play, especially the third and fourth set. (I was) playing a great match against Brandon. I told myself to fight, to do my best and in the end I won. I’m really happy.”

Berrettini (pictured) won despite a stomach issue. Source: ausopen.com

Made it through

“I was feeling that the match was changing a little bit there, so I really held with my mental strength mostly because my body wasn’t there,” he continued.

“I was feeling that the match was changing a little bit there so I really held with my mental strength mostly because my body wasn’t there. Then also, the tiebreak I was playing really good and then got a little bit tight.

“Luckily I got the third set and after that I said ‘Okay now focus on my service game and let’s try to break him somehow’. Hopefully in the next match I’m going to feel better.”

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