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  | By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
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Matteo Berrettini is out of the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy after the Italian suffered an oblique injury during his opening round-robin match against Alexander Zverev on Monday.

“My finals end here, I am destroyed, I never thought I would have to give up the most important tennis event ever held in Italy in this way,” reads the English translation of Berrettini’s message on Instagram which was written in Italian. “The truth is that as much as I wanted to play in front of you once again, I decided that my body is not ready to face the challenges that lie ahead.”

Berrettini retired from his first match against Zverev after he lost the opening game of the second set, which came on the heels of a hard-fought first set tiebreaker.  He will be replaced in the draw by his compatriot, fellow Italian Jannik Sinner.

“To say that I am sad would not do justice to the state of mind that I am in,” Berrettini’s message continued. “It was not an easy decision, but I am convinced that it is the best for me and for my career.”

Sinner will have a chance to qualify for the semifinals, but he would need to defeat Hubert Hurkacz and Daniil Medvedev in his next two matches.