Matteo Berrettini caused a stir when he appeared in this year’s Wimbledon final. Although losing the world does not. 1 Novak Djokovic, Berrettini captured the world’s attention. As a result, he climbed to number 1 in the world. 7. The 25-year-old also reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals of Roland Garros.
At the French Open, he became the first Italian man to reach the fourth round of every major tournament. His overall performance this year, despite being without a title, has qualified him for the ATP Finals 2021 to be held in Turin, Italy. Naturally, Berrettini is the favorite of the crowd.
The ATP Finals are year-end championships for male tennis players. It is exclusive to the elite, by granting entry only to the top 8 singles and doubles players. With Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, and Hubert Hurkacz (whom he defeated in the Wimbledon semifinals), Berrettini was part of the tournament’s Red Team.
“Italy deserves such an event” Matteo Berrettini in the ATP final held in Turin, and competes against the top players
In an interview conducted before the ATP Finals, Matteo Berrettini was asked about the tournament being held in his home country and the pressure he feels to be loved by the audience. “I feel pressure, but it is a good pressure. It’s great to be here. I knew the crowd was going to be on my side, and I really couldn’t wait to step onto the court. Obviously on the other side of the net there will be the best players in the world, so it won’t be easy. But I’m one of them, so that helps. I think it’s special. I think the atmosphere will be very special. The website and everything, the way it is organized is really nice. I think Italy deserves such an event. Hopefully it goes well on court as well.” Berrettini said.
Berrettini, who failed to show any consistent performance last year, added “It means a lot. I think it’s been one of the best events we’ve had on the Tour and to have the chance to have it back home is a no-brainer. At the beginning of the year, that was obviously a big goal, but it was too early to think about it. And then game by game, I think I’ve earned it and I’m really happy to be here.”
“There is a really good relationship between me and Jannik” – Matteo Berrettini
Jannik Sinner is one of this year’s rising stars. He is also the first substitute at the ATP Finals 2021. Speaking of his countryman, Berrettini said “I think the more Italians on the Tour, the better it is for everyone. For the crowd, for the fans and for us. There is a really good relationship between me and Jannik. We push each other to be better and he is five years younger, I’m sure he will qualify in the coming years. But he’s had an incredible year, so it’s really been a bit of a stretch, but I think this experience this year will help him in the years to come. ”
“I want to say Opelka” Matteo Berrettini about who he will choose for a quintet
Matteo Berrettini was asked a cheeky question about who he would form the quintet with. To this he replied “I, Zverev, Hurkacz and Medvedev. Who will I marry to form the quintet? We need another one, so I’ll say [Reilly] Opelka”.
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