The 26-year-old Italian Matteo Berrettini has successfully stepped into the ATP Queen’s finals for the second time after knocking out his Dutch opponent Botic van de Zandschulp in the semi-finals.
Matteo Berrettini with a high rank of world number 10 being the reigning champion beat Tommy Paul 6-4, 6-2 on Friday in the quarter-finals. He then faced Botic and defeated him convincingly with a 6-4, 6-3 score. Calling it the best match since his injury return, he gave an interview to the amazon prime right after the battle.
“It is incredible to be back in the final, I am very happy. I was broken in the final of the first set. I played my best match of the week, now I have to play the final,“ said the second-seeded tennis player.
Speaking about the unfavorable weather he was forced to face during his match schedules in the Britain land he said it has been too tough to play in 15 degrees cold, however, managed to warm up his feet to defeat the Dutch. The match was also paused as there was a delay of 28 minutes. “We are in Great Britain! Yesterday it seemed to be in Italy. Today it is much more London,” Matteo Commented with a joke.
‘I’ll try to beat them’: Matteo Berrettini on playing the Big 4
After being proudly seen for forming a gateway to the four finals in a row on the grass he was compared to Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray. He said he has not played a very satisfying big game yet to be compared with the large men of the sport, but he will try enough to achieve it. “Obviously I can’t compare myself to them, but for me, it’s a pleasure to play and have fun. I’ve watched them all my life. Who knows, I’ll try to beat them,“ The 29-year-old added.
Berrettini will now face Filip Krajinovic in the final to defend his title. The Serbian defeated Marin Cilic with a score of 6-3, 6-3 in his semi-final and will be contesting his maiden grass-court final.