“I’m going to be more ready,” Matteo Berrettini issues a stern warning to Novak Djokovic reminiscing about the 2021 Wimbledon Final

Matteo Berrettini speaks about being better prepared for an opportunity like a grand slam final this year.

Novak Djokovic vs Matteo Berrettini
Novak Djokovic vs Matteo Berrettini

With each passing day, Matteo Berrettini is proving his mettle on grass. He is currently one of the best players on the surface and has won two consecutive titles after his return. He defeated Filip Krajinovic in straight sets to defend his Queen’s Club title- a tournament where he is undefeated.

Berrettini has now reached 4 consecutive finals on grass and is one of the main contenders for Wimbledon next week. He suffered a hand injury after Indian Wells Masters which ruled him out for almost 3 months. He returned to tour last week at Stuttgart where to everyone’s surprise, he went on to win the title.

The Italian spoke about how he was injured ahead of Stuttgart but his team motivated him to keep going. “The week before Stuttgart, my hand was hurting, not the part that I got injured, but the rest of the hand: the callous, the wrist. The hand wasn’t strong enough,” Berrettini added. “It wasn’t used to hit as many balls as I was hitting. And I was like ‘what if it’s not gonna be strong enough?’ and my team gave me the confidence to go ahead, to push through that moment.”

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‘I feel I’m a better tennis player because I have more experience now’: Matteo Berrettini

Matteo Berrettini
Matteo Berrettini

Berrettini is the defending finalist at Wimbledon where he managed to take a set off Novak Djokovic before eventually losing in four sets. He has only lost one match on grass in the last two seasons so far and will definitely fancy a good run at Wimbledon. He recalled the 2021 Wimbledon final and said that if he reaches the final once again this year, he will be better prepared.

“The tension was a lot. The pressure and everything… It was great. It was a great moment, a great memory. But if I’m going to reach the final this year, I’m going to be more ready. I know what to expect. I know what I’m going to feel so it’s about the experience. I feel I’m a better tennis player because I have more experience now,” he said.

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