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MATTEO BERRETTINI

Nationality:
Italy
Height:
0cm
Age:
28
Points:
795
RANKING
#65

Bio

Matteo Berrettini was born in Rome on 12 April 1996. His father, Luca, is a former company manager, who was the first to encourage his son to pursue a sports career, while his mother, Claudia Bigo, works in a tobacconist's shop. He has a brother, Jacopo, also a tennis player, who convinced him to enter the world of tennis despite Matteo's strong passion for basketball and judo.

The first to teach him tennis was, from 2003 to 2010, Raoul Pietrangeli, teacher and technical director of the Circolo Magistrati of the Court of Auditors in Rome. At the beginning of 2011, Berrettini moved to the Circolo Canottieri Aniene, under the guidance of the current coach Vincenzo Santopadre. He has Brazilian ancestry on his maternal side; his grandmother, Lucia, born in Rio de Janeiro, moved to Italy in the sixties.

In addition to Italian, Berrettini is fluent in English and Spanish. Fiorentina fan, on 10 October 2022 he received the keys to the city of Florence from the mayor Dario Nardella. At today, 2023, Berrettini is the only Italian player to get a men's singles final at  Wimbledon, the most famous tennis tournament in the world.

Career

He played his first professional match in August 2013 at Futures Italy F21, where he was defeated in the opening round. In March 2015 he won his first singles match, defeating Serbian Miki Janković 6–2, 6–0 at Futures Turkey F11. Shortly after, he won the first Futures trophy in doubles with Filippo Baldi, beating the duo formed by Edoardo Eremin and Lorenzo Sonego at the Turkey F12 in three sets. In May, overcoming Jan Mertl at the Roma Open, he won his first singles match at the Challenger level.

In October of the same year, he triumphed at the Italy F30 tournament with success in the final over Andrea Basso; the previous day he had also won the doubles title together with Andrea Pellegrino. In the following season, due to an injury to his left knee, he was forced to stay away from the fields from February to September. Back to racing, he won the doubles title at the Futures Italy F27 in Trieste together with Jacopo Stefanini.

The following week he reached the final at the Futures Italy F28 in Reggio Emilia but was forced to forfeit in the decisive match against Stefano Travaglia. In the same tournament he won the doubles test, always paired with Jacopo Stefanini. In November, thanks to a wild card, he takes part in the Challenger tournament in Andria and obtains the first prestigious result of his career, defeating the former ATP top 5 Tommy Robredo in the quarterfinals, only to lose in the final, on November 27th, against Luca Vanni, in three sets. He ends the season at No. 435 in the ATP ranking.

In February he won his second Futures title in singles at Switzerland F1 by beating Frenchman Laurent Lokoli in the final. Thanks to this victory he enters the top 300 for the first time, in 264th position. In May, thanks to a wild card, he made his debut in the ATP Tour, at the Internazionali d'Italia and lost in the first round against Fabio Fognini. In July he won his first Challenger title in San Benedetto, beating world No. 106 Laslo Djere in straight sets in the final. In October he rises to 120th place in the ranking. In 2018, in the first round of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 qualifiers, he overtook the American Denis Kudla, losing in the decisive round against Peter Polansky. However, due to the withdrawal of Nick Kyrgios, he was revived as a lucky loser, accessing the second round by right, where he was defeated by Daniil Medvedev.

He later reached the final at the Irving Challenger, entering, for the first time, the top 100 of the world ranking, reaching 95th position. By virtue of the good results obtained in the first part of the season, shortly after he was called up for the first time in the Italian Davis Cup team, without playing any matches. In May, he accessed directly the main draw of the Roland Garros, winning his first match in a Major against Oscar Otte in four sets. After also beating Ernests Gulbis, in the third round he was defeated by Dominic Thiem, future finalist. On his Wimbledon debut he scored a surprising victory against world No. 15 Jack Sock, who came back from a two-set deficit to win 6–2 in the fifth. However, he was overtaken by Gilles Simon in the next round.

At the Gstaad tournament he won his first career ATP title. Arrived in the final without giving up any set, here he defeated the more popular Roberto Bautista Agut with a score of 7–6, 6–4. On the same day he repeated his success also in doubles, paired with Daniele Bracciali, beating Igor Zelenay and Denys Molcanov. At the US Open he goes out in the first round at the hands of Denis Kudla, who beats him in three sets. The following month he won his second doubles title, defeating, together with Fabio Fognini, the couple formed by Roman Jebavý and Matwé Middelkoop. 

In September 2019 he took part in the US Open, where he reached the semifinals, his first in a Grand Slam, after overtaking Richard Gasquet, Jordan Thompson, Alexei Popyrin, Andrej Rublev and, in the quarterfinals, the No. 13 in the world rankings Gael Monfils; in the penultimate act he was defeated in three sets by Rafael Nadal, the future winner. At the Shanghai Masters he reached the semifinals, where he was defeated by Alexander Zverev, who took his revenge. At the same time it enters the top 10 of the ranking, reaching 9th position. The points accumulated since the beginning of the season allow him to compete in the ATP Finals in London, in which he is immediately eliminated by virtue of the defeats suffered at the hands of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

In the last match of his group, he overcame Dominic Thiem 7–6, 6–3, earning the first victory in the history of the Finals for an Italian tennis player. He closes the year in 8th position in the world and his ATP colleagues award him the prize to the tennis player who has made the most progress in the season. In September, he took part in the US Open, where he reached the semifinals, his first in a Grand Slam, after beating Richard Gasquet, Jordan Thompson, Alexei Popyrin, Andrej Rublev and, in the quarterfinals, the world No. 13 Gael Monfils , in the penultimate act he was defeated in three sets by Rafael Nadal, the future winner At the Shanghai Masters he reached the semifinals, where he was defeated by Alexander Zverev, who took his revenge.

At the same time it enters the top 10 of the ranking, reaching 9th position. The points accumulated since the beginning of the season allow him to play the ATP Finals in London, in which he is immediately eliminated by virtue of the defeats suffered at the hands of Novak Dokovic and Roger Federer. In the last match of his group, he overcame Dominic Thiem 7–6, 6–3, earning the first victory in the history of the Finals for an Italian tennis player. He closes the year in 8th position in the world and his ATP colleagues award him the prize to the tennis player who has made the most progress in the season. He begins 2021 at the Australian Open, winning his first match against wild card Andrew Harris, only to surrender in five sets to Tennys Sandgren.

It is the only tournament that plays in the first part of the season, interrupted in early March with the long suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon his return in August, he took part in the Cincinnati Masters, played exceptionally in New York, where he surpassed Emil Ruusuvuori on his debut before losing to Reilly Opelka in two games. At the US Open he reached the round of 16 without losing a set and without ever giving up his serve and was eliminated by Andrej Rublev. At the Internazionali d'Italia he reached the quarterfinals for the first time and was defeated by Casper Ruud, while at Roland Garros he lost in the third round to Daniel Altmaier. He ends the season in 10th position in the ranking.

In June 2021, after an absence of almost two years from the grass courts, he made his debut at Queen's, where for the first time he was the No. 1 seed in an ATP 500 tournament. He defeated Stefano Travaglia without losing any sets, Andy Murray, Daniel Evans and in the semifinal he prevailed over Alex De Minaur. In the final he beat the host Cameron Norrie with the score of 6–4, 6–7, 6–3, to win the first title of the category.

At the Wimbledon tournament he achieved the most prestigious result of his career; after overcoming Guido Pella, Botic van de Zandschulp, Aljaz Bedene and Félix Auger-Aliassime, he reaches the semifinals, becoming the first Italian tennis player to reach the penultimate act after 61 years. By beating Hubert Hurkacz in four sets, he became the first Italian tennis player of both sexes to play in the final of the London Major, as well as the second in the Open era to reach the last act of a Grand Slam match. However, here he was defeated by world No. 1 Novak Dokovic with a score of 7–6, 4–6, 4–6, 3–6. At the 2022 Australian Open, in which, accredited by the No. 7 seed, the highest awarded in the Major to an Italian tennis player in the Open era, he goes all the way to the semifinals, becoming the first Italian to reach the penultimate act of the oceanic Slam , where he loses here at the hands of Rafael Nadal, the future winner. At the end of the tournament he rises to the 6th position in the world, establishing a new best ranking.

He returns to play after about three months, making his season debut on grass in Stuttgart; he beats Radu Albot, Lorenzo Sonego in comeback and Oscar Otte in two tie-breaks. Having reached the final, he won the title again, after that of 2019, by defeating Andy Murray in three sets. The great run of form continued at Queen's, where he reconfirmed himself as champion by beating Filip Krajinović in the final act. By virtue of this success he becomes the third most successful Italian tennis player ever, overtaking Paolo Bertolucci. However, despite winning two tournaments, he drops to eleventh place in the rankings, dropping out of the world's top ten positions after 116 consecutive weeks of permanence. Counted among the favorites at Wimbledon, however on the day of his debut he tests positive for COVID-19 and withdraws from the tournament on his own initiative.

He begins 2023 by participating in the United Cup. After winning all the singles matches, including those against the top ten Casper Ruud and Hubert Hurkacz, in the semifinals he loses to No. 4 in the world rankings Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beats him in three sets. In the final he is defeated in the decisive match by Taylor Fritz, which allows the US national team to win the trophy. At the end of the event he climbs to 14th position, overtaking Jannik Sinner and regaining the national leadership in the ranking. However, he gave it up again when he was eliminated by Andy Murray in the first round of the Australian Open, dropping out of the top twenty 153 weeks after his last time out.

Style of play

Berrettini is an aggressive player in possession of a vast repertoire of quick and explosive shots that allow him to be competitive on every surface, although on grass he is able to best express his game with top10 winning percentages ever for surface. His main weapons, compared to those of Fernando González and Juan Martín del Potro, are service and forehand. This last shot is known not only for its power, but also for its rotation and depth.

The forehand is the best shot of him, considered among the best around. It is performed by bringing the elbow backwards in order to use both the forearm and the wrist to give speed and topspin and to search for tight angles, and greater variability of the trajectories, making it difficult to read by the opponents. The two-handed backhand, one of his weaknesses, especially down the line, is a less natural shot, on which he had to work a lot. However, over the years he has perfected the one-handed technique in advance when he can find the right tempo, especially when he plays it in the slice, a shot he was forced to use following a wrist injury sustained at the age of 17.

Furthermore, he has a great technique in the use of dropshots, managing to mask them well, in order to surprise his opponents, with both fundamentals. The other main problem of his game is due to his powerful physique, which distinguishes him from all the other top 20 players, and which insists on slender leg muscles, especially calves and ankles, which need to be safeguarded with special protections. This physical characteristic of him makes him less quick in lateral movements and in footwork, being affected in the defensive phase when placed under pressure.

Private life

From 2019 to 2022, Matteo Berrettini was romantically linked to Ajla Tomljanovic. After the end of their relationship, numerous flirtations were attributed to Berrettini. The latest of which, at the beginning of 2023, concerns the Italian beauty Melissa Satta.

Berrettini and Satta appeared publicly during the Armani Milano basketball match, a match broadcast on Sky with the cameraman who didn't let the scoop slip. Then the two went to the Domus restaurant and finally, as the weekly reveals, he got into his car and went to the woman's house where they spent the rest of the evening. The well-known Italian weekly Chi has published an exclusive photo of the blue champion Matteo Berrettini, for years the Top Ten of the Tour and the only Italian finalist in the history of Wimbledon, together with the showgirl Melissa Satta, ex-wife among other things of the former soccer star of the AC Milan Kevin Prince Boateng. 

Berrettini and Melissa Satta then spent the evening together and there would have even been a kiss between them. The photos of their appearance in a public place are known to all thanks to Deianira Marzano, who promptly published their shot on social media. No photos of the kiss but those who were there swear they saw them in very intimate relationships.

Therefore, the recent rumors that saw Melissa in more than friendly relations with the president of Inter Steven Zhang have been denied. Matteo Berrettini and Melissa Satta, the two are allegedly dating, even in the light of the sun The Sky footage framed the two together in a Euroleague match at Olimpia Milano, a passion that unites both. The Italian tennis player has often been compared to beautiful showgirls like last summer when he was compared to Paola Di Benedetto. Rumors that are therefore becoming more and more insistent and that see the Roman tennis player as the protagonist.

Net Worth and endorsements

Matteo Berrettini has a net worth of $15 million. He has a prize money of $10,453,188. He won this money playing tennis internationally. Berrettini earned an annual salary of $2.5 million USD in 2022. He earned a $1.5 million as prize money in 2022. Berrettini earned an annual salary of $2.5 million USD in 2022. Berrettini owns a luxurious house in Monte Carlo, Monaco where he resides. The worth of the house is not known. He also has other properties in Italy. The Italian is endorsed by many big brands in the world. Some of them are Lotto, Head, Peugeot, Colavita, Signum Pro, Capri Watch. Matteo being the brand ambassador of Peugeot, has many models of the brand in his garage.

Titles

2022

London / Queen's Club (Outdoor/Grass)
Stuttgart (Outdoor/Grass)

2021

London / Queen's Club (Outdoor/Grass)
Belgrade (Outdoor/Clay)

2019

Stuttgart (Outdoor/Grass)
Budapest (Outdoor/Clay)

2018

Gstaad (Outdoor/Clay)


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