Rafael Nadal's Ex-Coach Takes on a New Challenge with Matteo Berrettini

Francisco Roig is Matteo Berrettini's new coach

by Jovica Ilic
Rafael Nadal's Ex-Coach Takes on a New Challenge with Matteo Berrettini
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After working with Rafael Nadal for 17 years, Francisco Roig will train Matteo Berrettini in 2024. Roig was part of Nadal's coaching staff between 2005 and 2022, winning numerous titles with his compatriot before leaving the team last year.

Francisco worked with Sloane Stephens in 2023 and will start a new project with Berrettini. The Italian has been struggling with injuries in the previous two years, undergoing surgery in March last year. Matteo is currently ranked 92nd, scoring 12 wins in 2023 but not playing since the US Open.

Former world no. 6 will kick off the 2024 season in Brisbane, entering the qualifying draw if he does not receive a wild card. Matteo kicked off the season behind us at the United Cup, scoring two top-10 wins before falling to Stefanos Tsitsipas and Taylor Fritz.

Matteo Berrettini will work with Rafael Nadal's ex-coach in 2024.

Berrettini suffered a massive Australian Open loss to Andy Murray, missing a match point and losing 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-7, 7-6 in four hours and 49 minutes.

The Italian played a terrible backhand on a match point at 5-4 in the decider, keeping the Briton in contention. The encounter went into a match tie break, and Murray prevailed 10-6. It was a high-quality clash, with more winners than unforced errors.

Matteo earned only one break in the third set, prolonging the battle and staying neck and neck with Andy for the rest of the duel. Murray sealed the deal with a lucky net cord return winner at 9-6 in the match tie break, sending Berrettini out of the competition.

Matteo did not play well in the upcoming months, struggling physically and leaving the court in Stuttgart crying after a heavy loss. The Italian scored three wins at his beloved Wimbledon, facing Carlos Alcaraz in the fourth round.

The Spaniard scored a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 triumph in three hours and five minutes, ending the former finalist's run. Matteo made a convincing start before losing ground from set number two, facing 16 break points and getting broken four times.

Berrettini played only five matches by the end of the season, retiring at the US Open and ending his season, hoping for a better run in 2024 after a couple of challenging years.

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