Matteo Berrettini lost to Novak Djokovic in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round-robin match of the 2019 ATP Finals. The Italian player credited the Serb for his huge performance. "I think he was returning unbelievable, the most impressive thing that he did," said the 23-year-old.
"I mean, you have to tell me because I was in court, but I was feeling that he was playing really good, moving really well. Yeah, he's like I said for Rafa and Roger, they are the best three ever in the history of tennis.
So for sure, I was expecting, you know, to face, I mean, to have a tough match. I don't know. I learned a lot from Roger and from Rafa. For sure I'm going to learn a lot from him. I don't know. Yeah, was tough to mix, you know.
We were playing flat, fast, and he was moving better than me, was playing better than me. So it was tough to win the points. But I think I played really good -- I mean, not really good, but a good match. I'm feeling pretty, confident, yeah."
On his mental approach, Berrettini added: "Yeah, for sure I was nervous (smiling). First time in the Finals after a great year, so, yeah, I was nervous but not in a bad way. You know, normally when I step in the court and I don't feel nervous, something is wrong.
I have to feel nervous to play my best tennis. I think I start the match pretty good, but he was just better than me today. So just accepting the loss, and for sure I'm looking forward to playing the next matches."