Matteo Berrettini: Novak Djokovic was probably the only player who could beat me



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Matteo Berrettini: Novak Djokovic was probably the only player who could beat me

World No. 8 Matteo Berrettini felt Novak Djokovic was the only player who could beat him at Wimbledon. Berrettini made his maiden Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, before he lost to Djokovic in four sets. "Obviously now I’m disappointed and angry because I lost and because I’m convinced that I didn’t play my best tennis, though the fact that on the other side of the court stood a player such as Novak must also be taken into account; that’s why he is one of the best ever.

What was missing today? To play a little better from the baseline. However, for me it’s been an incredible two weeks that left me with the knowledge that I can win this title. What I will do in the coming weeks, months and years is very clear to me: I’ll work to try to lift that trophy”.

“I stepped onto the court knowing that his weapons defuse mine, it doesn’t always happen automatically and it doesn’t always happen in a final. He is the only player who could probably beat me, the only one who could put me in trouble on grass, I felt very good and emotionally that is not easy to manage.

On this side, I’m sure this experience will help me. With my team we said we are on the right path and I agree on this."

Berrettini 'proud' of his achievement

Berrettini, who won it all at the Queen's Club prior to Wimbledon, concluded this grass season with an 11-1 record.

“Anyways, I am very proud of what I have done and of what we are all doing for tennis; I will be received by President Mattarella, and this is a source of great satisfaction. Satisfaction that first of all, however, I want to share with those who have always been there, with my family, my friends, with my team and with you, the journalists who have always followed my career”.