Matteo Berrettini, 25, went to the Rome Masters as a kid and that was when he realized he wanted to become a professional tennis player. Berrettini specifically mentioned that he wanted to sneak into the Centre Court at the Rome Masters so he could watch a Roger Federer match.
"I remember going to see the Masters 1000 in Rome when I was a kid. I was trying to sneak into center court to see a Roger Federer match. I think that in that event and the experience of seeing the best players on the Tour compete were the reasons.
which is why I am now a professional tennis player. Another reason is that my whole family plays tennis. They love this sport and even my grandparents still play it. Tennis is in our DNA. No one has ever been a professional tennis player, but love for it sport has always been there," Berrettini said, per Punto de Break.
Berrettini grew up idolizing Federer
Berrettini clashes his childhood idol Federer for the first time at Wimbledon in 2019. Back then, Federer destroyed Berrettini 6-1 6-2 6-2. Berrettini couldn't believe that he was playing his childhood idol in one of the biggest courts of the world.
"I grew up watching Roger Federer and always cheering for him. I supported him as much as I could, watching him on TV every time he played. Then I realized that I was playing the same tournament as him. So I couldn't support him in the same way anymore.
than before. I have told this story to Roger because now we get along so well on the Tour. I think that's why the first time we met on Center Court at Wimbledon he destroyed me, because I couldn't believe I was still there. playing against my idol on one of the most iconic courts on the Tour," Berrettini explained.