‘I cannot wait to play the World Tour Finals in Turin this year,’ says Matteo Berrettini

World No.7 Matteo Berrettini is excited after qualifying for the 2021 World Tour Finals in Turin.

Matteo Berrettini
Matteo Berrettini

World No.7 Matteo Berrettini is a relieved man. Not only did the Italian beat Australia’s Alexei Popyrin in the opening round of the ongoing Vienna Open, but he also sealed his spot in the World Tour Finals, next month.

Berrettini has been one of the most consistent players on the ATP tour this year, across surfaces. Barring the Australian Open, the top-ranked Italian has made the deep end of French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Moreover, the 25-year-old has also won titles at the Queen’s Club in London and clay court event in Belgrade earlier in the year. Although Berrettini debuted at the World Tour Finals in 2019, the marquee events was played in London. However, the year-end championships has been moved to the Italian city of Turin this year.

During his post-match interview in Vienna, Berrettini mentioned the excitement of playing the World Tour Finals for the first time in his part of the world. “Crazy. It was in the air. It’s an unbelievable achievement. [I’m] so happy. It’s going to be in Italy and really I cannot wait…Wow, what an achievement.”

Berrettini further added that although he loved playing at the O2 arena in London, he cannot wait to get to Turin as one of the world’s best players. “Now I know it is happening. London was amazing, probably Turin will be even better. Nothing to take from London but I mean it’s going to be in Italy so, wow.”

Berrettini to play Basilashvili

Matteo Berrettini vs Nikoloz Basilashvili
Matteo Berrettini vs Nikoloz Basilashvili

After beating Popyrin in the previous round, the 2021 Wimbledon finalist will lock horns against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the round of 32. The two players have met four times on the ATP tour previously, with the Italian leading the Georgian 3-1.

Although Basilashvili won their first clash in 2018, Berrettini won the next three, including the victory earlier this year in Rome.

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