World No. 7 Matteo Berrettini admitted Novak Djokovic is "much better" than him and described him as an "absolute champion." Berrettini, 25, has established himself as a top-10 player on the ATP Tour but he hasn't had any success against Djokovic.
Berrettini clashed Djokovic four times and he has zero wins over the world No. 1. The most painful defeat against Djokovic came at this year's Wimbledon, where Berrettini fell short to the Serb in four sets in his maiden Grand Slam final.
"Novak is much better than me: he is an absolute champion," Berrettini said, per Tennis Fever.
Berrettini never thought he'd reach a Wimbledon final
"In 2014 I lost in the second round of the Wimbledon junior tournament.
When I was leaving the complex I told myself I wanted to come back here at least one more time in my life. I always had the feeling that something incredible could happen on those courts. However, I never expected to reach the final," Berrettini admitted.
Berrettini won a tight first set against Djokovic in the Wimbledon final but ended up losing in four sets. “Novak was better than me, as he is a great champion,” said Berrettini after the final. “He is right in the history of the sport and he deserves all the plaudits.
I hope it’s not my last Grand Slam final. It’s such an honour to be here and it’s been a really great run the past couple of weeks and also at The Queen’s Club”. Djokovic said it was "more than a battle" after beating Berrettini.
“It was more than a battle,” said Djokovic. “Winning Wimbledon was always the biggest dream of mine as a child. I know how special this is and I don’t want to take this for granted. I was a seven year old boy in Serbia, constructing a Wimbledon tennis trophy with improvised materials in my bedroom and now I am standing here with six titles. It's incredible”.