Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini has marked his injury comeback with a 6-2 4-6 6-3 win over Radu Albot in the second round of the Stuttgart Open.
The second seed Berrettini was playing in his first match since undergoing surgery on his right hand in March.
The Italian, who won the tournament in 2019, cruised in Wednesday’s opening set but was pegged back in the second.
He fended off two break points to hold in the first game of the third set and pushed on from there to seal a hard-fought win in just under two hours.
Berrettini next plays either compatriot Lorenzo Sonego or home favourite Jan-Lennard Struff in the quarter-finals of the grass-court tournament.
Also, Benjamin Bonzi defeated fellow French player Arthur Rinderknech 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 to set up a quarter-final against either fourth seed Denis Shapovalov or German player Oscar Otte.
Nikoloz Basilashvili defeated Lorenzo Musetti 7-5 6-3 in the last first-round match to be completed.
Their match was suspended on Tuesday due to rain but Basilashvili won the two games he needed for a second-round meeting with Australian Nick Kyrgios.
Rain also struck again on Wednesday as play between Sonego and Struff had to be suspended until Thursday.