Matteo Berrettini said he could have difficulty getting back to court within two days after sustaining an injury in his victory over Karen Khachanov

The ninth seed fought past Russians 7-6 (1) 7-6 (5) 7-6 (5) in three draws to secure his place in the fourth round, but was after a forehand at one Grimace spotted 5-4 in the third set, resulting in a medical timeout and an uncomfortable ending to the game

“I don’t know what happened, I felt something pulling here under my rib, but the physical therapist said nothing was pulled,” said an emotional Berrettini

“It could be a muscle that wasn’t working properly, but I really felt it when I was serving and then obviously my mindset went a little bit because I thought about it, I was set up twice, I did well played, I felt the momentum, then suddenly I felt it

“I’m really happy that I won the third set Now I have to do a great job with my body to get back on the pitch in two days””

Matteo Berrettini, hoping to be fit enough to play in his first round four game at the Australian Open, described a strange atmosphere in the John Cain Arena

“I have to be honest, a stadium like this one and looking at it empty is not the best feeling, but we are living in a difficult time and we have to adapt

“There are worse things in the world. Hopefully they’ll come back in a few days and I really hope I can play in front of them again

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