World No. 1 Novak Djokovic thought that top-ranked Italian tennis player Matteo Berrettini deserved to be in the Madrid Masters final. Berrettini, ranked at No. 9 in the world, made the Madrid Masters final last week. Berrettini, a former world No.
8, was up by a set in the Madrid final before top-ranked German tennis player Alexander Zverev creared a comeback to win the title. "First of all, I think he deserved to be in the finals of Madrid. I wasn't surprised.
I think he deserves to be a top-10 player. Yes, he was injured, then maybe he didn't play so well or up to his standard in the last maybe, I don't know, six, seven months. At the end of the day he earned his spot in the top 10 rankings.
That's something I think anyone has to admit and respect," Djokovic said of Berrettini reaching the Madrid final. "I'm very much aware of his quality of tennis. I'm not surprised with the win he had in Belgrade, then the streak that continued in Madrid.
He was also pretty close to win it in the finals."
Djokovic enjoys playing at the Rome Masters
"I mean, it always feels like home coming back to Rome. Honestly, with the amount of love and appreciation that I get and respect from people here, not just on the court, but outside in the organization here, from the drivers, the restaurant, people in hotel, everyone is really super kind to me," Djokovic claimed.
"Maybe it helps that I speak Italian. Probably does. I love Italy. Who doesn't? The history this city has, this country. The food. La gioia della vita qui. It brings me happiness every time I'm about to come to Italy and to play in Rome.
Each year the love affair grows even more because the bond is stronger and stronger. "Hopefully I can feel a little bit of that love more tomorrow so I can keep on progressing in the tournament."