The math confirmed it today and now the news is finally official: Matteo Berrettini has hit the qualification for the 2021 edition of the Nitto Atp Finals, which will take place from 14 to 21 November at the PalaAlpiTour in Turin.
A very important and absolutely deserved milestone for the blue tennis player, who was the protagonist of a splendid season in 2021. The 25-year-old will thus become the first Italian player to participate twice in the course of his career in the competition reserved for the top eight in the world (this year of the 'Race' classification).
With the 4000 points obtained in recent months, since January, the Roman has definitively removed the pass, currently in sixth position, given that the limit has dropped to 3860 after the recent results recorded. He will certainly face the Serbian Novak Djokovic, the Russian Daniil Medvedev, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, the German Alexander Zverev and the Russian Andrey Rublev.
It will be a very interesting competition, but Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will not be in Turin: they will come back for the upcoming 2022 Australian swing.
It is not so obvious to have a blue in one of the most prestigious end-of-year events.
The boy born in 1996 was the third to take part in singles, after the precedents of Adriano Panatta (1975) and Corrado Barazzutti (1978). Do not forget, however, the experience of the couple Fabio Fognini-Simone Bolelli in 2015.
The intent now is to try to do better than 2019: on that occasion he also managed to win a victory against Dominik Thiem. Yet the year had not started in the best way for Matteo, who had to face a long and annoying injury.
He then returned to play on the circuit in April and immediately set the record straight to his opponents, taking home the Serbia Open title and the final at the Master 1000 in Madrid. After the round of 16 in Rome and the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, he was one of the rulers on the grass, with the success at the Queen's and the incredible final obtained at Wimbledon.
The quarterfinals at the US Open have come full circle. Berrettini will be at the starting line of the ATP 500 in Vienna, before landing in Paris-Bercy, which will prepare him physically and mentally for the Finals.