Top-ranked Italian tennis player Matteo Berrettini sees a bit of similarities in the games between fellow compatriot Jannik Sinner and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Sinner, 19, is one of the most talented and promising players from his generation and many believe he will one day become a Grand Slam champion and world No.
1. "My tennis is more based on serve and variations. I use more the slice, the short ball. Jannik Sinner is more of a machine,” the Italian told SuperTennis, as revealed on Tennishead. “I would like to say monochord but it is not the right definition.
Let’s say that Jannik plays a little more like Djokovic, but he is more aggressive than Nole. He tries to play more. “In my opinion his best shot is the backhand. He moves very well and tries to be very aggressive even when others are trying to push.
“We are two different players but we both have aggression as our main characteristic”.
Berrettini coming off a strong week in Belgrade
Last week, Berrettini beat Aslan Karatsev in the Belgrade final to lift his first title of the season and it was special for the Italian since his parents were in the stands.
"It was something that I really wanted to happen, because my dad came once in Munich when I lost the final (l. Garin). And my mom has never come for a final,” Berrettini said. "So I was like, okay this is the right moment.
And I think with a match like this it’s going to stick in our minds forever. It’s something special. “I remember this same kind of match, 7-6 in the third, in the finals of an Under-16 in Germany. And it’s crazy, because in the end it’s the same feeling.
I was a kid and now I’m a pro, but it’s the same feeling. They [have] supported me since the day I was born, so it’s a great honour to bring them to these kinds of stages."