Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini has praised Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev for their resilience and moving abilities as he insists it always takes something extra to win a point against the world's top-two rannked players.
“I would say either Novak or Daniil Medvedev (are like a backboard),”Berrettini said, per Tennishead. “It always takes something extra to win a point against those two. The ball keeps coming back from all corners of the court”.
However, Medvedev picked 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic as the best mover on the tour. “There are a lot of great athletes, but I would need to say, Novak (when asked to name the best mover),” added the Italian.
“Incredible mover on all the surfaces”.
Berrettini all good with being in the spotlight
Berrettini has been one of the best players on the Tour for the past two years and he receives lots of attention. “For me, media and being in the spotlight are something that comes with the career choice,” Berrettini said.
“Some players like the hype and pressure and perform better with it, whereas others prefer to go under the radar more. “Even without the media, players would still feel the pressure. They have trained their whole lives to win trophies, achieve personal goals, and break and set incredible records when it comes to Serena and Novak.
“So they also put pressure on themselves. They know how significant their achievements are and potentially how important they could be to whatever they are trying to achieve”. Also, Berrettini admitted he was completely lost in the moment when he clashed his idol Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2019.
"I grew up watching Roger Federer and always cheering for him. I supported him as much as I could, watching him on TV every time he played. Then I realized that I was playing the same tournament as him. So I couldn't support him in the same way anymore.
than before. I have told this story to Roger because now we get along so well on the Tour. I think that's why the first time we met on Center Court at Wimbledon he destroyed me, because I couldn't believe I was still there. playing against my idol on one of the most iconic courts on the Tour," Berrettini admitted.