'I supported Roger Federer as much as I could', says Top 10

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'I supported Roger Federer as much as I could', says Top 10

Jenson Brooksby has become the fifth player to qualify for the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, to be played from November 9 to 13, after reaching the semi-finals at the European Open in Antwerp. At 20, the American had barely added an ATP Tour victory before the 2021 season.

But Jenson has managed to sign a campaign of hatching, climbing from beyond the Top 300 of the FedEx ATP Rankings to currently occupying his best position as No. 70. "He was excited to finish the season in the Next Gen ATP Finals," acknowledged Brooksby.

"From the way I've been playing and improving, I thought it might be a matter of time. It is exciting to have confirmed my place. It's going to be a great tournament to end the year, but I'm looking forward to more."

It has been a good season. After not being able to play last year I think I have made quite a few improvements this season. I am proud of the progress I have made mentally, physically and on different levels." Brooksby has broken many personal barriers this season, including his first ATP Tour final at the Hall of Fame Open.

He also first reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam at the US Open, where he edged out Taylor Fritz and Aslan Karatsev before losing to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a tight four-set match. Berrettini has always been a fanboy of Roger Federer and has been following him since his childhood days.

However, in a recent interview with Giojournal.com, he stated that he doesn’t support the Swiss Maestro anymore. He highlighted that he stopped supporting him because he now faces him on the court instead of just watching him.

Berrettini has always been a fanboy of Federer

20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer is not just an ambassador of the sport but is an inspiration to many youngsters. Not just fans but even professional athletes throughout the world take motivation from him.

Interestingly, many tennis superstars today including the likes of Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini, and others are also big fans of Roger Federer. “I grew up watching Roger (Federer) and cheering for him. I supported him as much as I could, watching him on TV whenever he was on.

But then the day came when I realized I was playing the same tournament as he was in the same draw. So I couldn’t support him anymore from that point on. I have told Roger this story as we get on very well now,” said Berrettini in the interview.

During the course of the interview, Matteo Berrettini was asked to name the player he finds the hardest to play against. "I would need to go with Djokovic, Nadal, or Federer," said Berrettini. "Arguably the three greatest players of all time.

It has been exciting to be played simultaneously as all three, but also slightly annoying (joking) as I’d probably have a few more trophies at home."