Matteo Berrettini explains why Novak Djokovic is probably the best player ever

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Matteo Berrettini explains why Novak Djokovic is probably the best player ever

World No. 8 Matteo Berrettini once again experienced how it feels to be up against Novak Djokovic but then to quickly lose it all. Berrettini, who was up by a set in the Wimbledon final against Djokovic before losing in four sets, went through the same scenario on Thursday at the US Open.

Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, lost a tight first set to Berrettini but then impressively recovered to claim a 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-3 win and progress into the US Open semifinal. Berrettini actually thought he played a good match but even that wasn't enough to beat the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

"Just he has this ability - and probably that's why he's the best ever - just to step up his game, his level all the time. Doesn't matter how well I play, he just plays better," Berrettini said of Djokovic, per Tennis Now.

Djokovic praised Berrettini

After the match, Djokovic showed his class and spoke positively of Berrettini. "Yeah, best three sets I've played - second, third and fourth - in the tournament so far. I think I managed to raise the level of my tennis.

When I dropped the first set, I just went to a different level and I stayed there till the last point. That's something that definitely encourages me and gives me a lot of confidence prior to semifinals," Djokovic said.

"Was a great battle. Always is with Matteo. He's very powerful player. He's got one of the best 1-2 punch in the game. Forehand from any position really. Serve, one of the biggest serves we have in tennis. Just difficult player to player against.

He likes the big stage. He brings a lot of energy, a lot of intensity on the court. Was a great battle. "I feel like my game, I stepped it up, and my game has improved definitely during the last couple matches. It's going in the right direction so far."