World No.9 Matteo Berrettini has been in sublime form this Clay season. He has been serving big and hitting massive forehand winners left, right and center. He won the Serbia Open, a tournament featuring World No.1 Novak Djokovic.
He followed his win in Belgrade with a phenomenal showdown in Madrid where he reached his first Masters 1000 final. He got the better of the likes of Cristian Garin, Fabio Fognini and in form Casper Ruud before losing to Alexander Zverev in three sets.
Ahead of the Rome Master, Berrettini shared his views about the ‘Big 3’. This is the first time in years that three Masters 1000 event have gone by without any of the ‘Big 3’ winning either one of them. The Italian spoke about the same in an interview.
Berrettini feels that things are changing in tennis
The Italian No.1 reflected that things are changing in tennis and Federer, Nadal, Djokovic won’t play forever. He also gave the example of the last 3 Masters 1000 events to support his point.
He said: “Roger, Rafa and Novak are strong, but they will not play forever. Something is changing. This year the first three Masters 1000s have been won by other players, which is a sign.”
In Rome this week, Berrettini has been seeded 9th and defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in three sets 4-6,6-2,6-4. He will play Australian John Millman in the second round on Wednesday.