Matteo Berrettini: ‘My Level Is Growing’ | ATP Tour


Seventh-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini was centered on the larger image, believing his sport is on the proper path for future success after his four-set defeat to Novak Djokovic within the Wimbledon last on Sunday.

“Crucial factor for me is that proper now I am shedding in opposition to the most effective gamers on the planet. In Paris, I misplaced in opposition to him [Djokovic], and he received the event,” Berrettini stated. “In Queen’s, I received, after which I misplaced in opposition to him once more right here. It implies that my degree is rising. It means my weapons and my tennis, generally, is rising. That is the proper path. That is the proper factor that I am doing.

“It implies that I am there. It implies that I need to be right here. At present, once more, Novak was the higher participant on court docket, however I am getting nearer. Each match that I am enjoying in opposition to them helps me to get nearer.”

Berrettini got here into the competition on the again of an 11-match profitable streak after profitable the cinch Championships in London in June.

The 25-year-old grew to become the primary Italian man to succeed in a Grand Slam last since Adriano Panatta received the 1976 Roland Garros title. The 2019 US Open semi-finalist feels the expertise of the final month can solely assist him sooner or later.

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“I simply want matches like this. I simply want experiences like this,” Berrettini stated. “That is what we stated to my crew. Clearly, additionally this type of anger, disappointment that I’ve now, it is actually useful, goes to be useful for the following occasions.

“Clearly for me, it has been unbelievable two weeks. I received Queen’s. I did not anticipate to win there. I reached the finals right here. However I do know that I can do it. I do know that I can win this title.

“I am unsure if I’ll do it, however I do know I can do it. So that is what I’ll do within the subsequent weeks, within the subsequent months and years: attempt to raise the trophy.”

After falling 2-5 behind within the first set, Berrettini rallied, saving a set level to say the opener and lead the World No. 1. Nonetheless, he couldn’t preserve Djokovic at bay.

Whereas he was barely disillusioned along with his efficiency degree total on Centre Courtroom, he praised the Serbian’s skill to make it troublesome for him.

“Clearly now I am disillusioned as a result of I misplaced, as a result of I feel I did not play my greatest match,” Berrettini admitted. “However I’ve to say it is due to Novak in a means that he introduced me, made me play on this means. That is his power most likely. That is why he is among the best that ever did.

“I might say tactic-wise, he is most likely the most effective participant along with Roger. He is learning your sport, after which he’s type of adjusting throughout the match. It isn’t one thing very easy to do.

“He performed his thirtieth last at present and I performed my first one. He knew how you can deal with all the sentiments and feelings that he had. That is one thing that it is regular. That is why I stated I would like matches like this. Congrats to him.”


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