Matteo Berrettini answers whether Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic is greater



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Matteo Berrettini answers whether Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic is greater

World No. 6 Matteo Berrettini says there is no answer to the question who is greater between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Berrettini hasn't had much against either of the two as he has beaten in some big matches by Djokovic and Nadal.

"I swear, there is no answer," Berrettini told Pa Repubblica, per Sportskeeda. "After all, I have lost many times against both of them. Nadal is a [left-hander] and takes you wherever he wants, giving you the impression of letting you play more and in the end he beats you.

Djokovic just deactivates you, he's a great counter-attacker. The two of them, along with Federer, are the greatest tennis players of all time, sublime athletes. This is enough to understand what it means to have them in front of you."

Berrettini on the support the Big Three receive

"It is only a matter of time, it will pass," Berrettini said. "The same was true with Nadal, at the beginning. People said - ‘But he looks like this, he plays with the (long) capri shorts’.

And the public cheered for [Pete] Sampras, for [Andre] Agassi, not for the new champions who would also become legends." World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev was extremely frustrated by the lac of support he received in the Australian Open final.

The majority of the crowd wanted Nadal to win and Medvedev wasn't happy about it. "I understand people who love myths, I don't feel bothered on the pitch [by fans supporting the 'Big Three' in matches]," Berrettini continued.

"Maybe I too, if I were in the stands, would cheer for them. Because cheering on Nadal, Djokovic or Federer means being together with your memories, it means remaining attached to a part of your heart. I find it romantic."

Meanwhile, Berrettini failed to lift his maiden Grand Slam title after losing to Nadal in the Australian Open semifinal.