World No.8 Matteo Berrettini was on a high, brimming with confidence after making the finals of the 2021 Wimbledon. It also appeared that he would eye his first ever medal at the Olympics, before an untimely injury snatched away his dream.
Currently, the Italian is injured, which meant he had to withdraw from the Tokyo games at the last minute. However, Berrettini was maintained his spirits high in speaking with La Stampa on a few interesting things about tennis.
Upon quizzed on how he rates, World No.1 Novak Djokovic’s chances in Tokyo, the 25-year-old said, “He is the strongest, and the one who knows how to best manage certain situations. But it is not taken for granted. Without an audience, two sets out of three and with the expectations that are found, it is not an easy task. Many can put him in difficulty.”
Berrettini is also known as a gentle giant on the ATP tour. Besides, his on and off court, likable demeanor, many feel he is one of the most good looking players in the circuit. On asked to comment on the same, the Wimbledon runner-up clarified, “The right, without making a scene. She thinks I’m a nice guy too, so she understands. I like it, I don’t deny it. But the important thing remains to win the games.”
US Open next goal for Berrettini
Berrettini will now turn his attention towards the American hard court swing, where he will once again be one of the biggest threats. The Italian has already reached the semifinals of the US Open in 2019, where he lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.
Speaking about the next few months, Berrettini said, “New York is a goal, but I would also like to do well in the Masters 1000. Qualifying for Turin would be the icing on the cake.”
For the first half of the year, Berrettini has won 33 matches and lost eight, across surfaces.