'I have told Roger Federer this story', says ATP star



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'I have told Roger Federer this story', says ATP star

Russian tennis star Aslan Karatsev has acknowledged that he still has hopes of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals. Karatsev started the season in impressive style, having reached the Australian Open semi-final as qualified.

In March, Karatsev captured his first ATP title in Dubai. Last week, Karatsev eliminated former world No. 3 Marin Cilic in the Moscow final to lift his second ATP title. Karatsev is 13th on the Race to Turin list, but he's basically the 12th player since eighth-ranked Rafael Nadal is out of the season.

Karatsev could earn 1,250 points in the rest of the season while he plays in this week's St. Petersburg Open and is also scheduled to play in the Paris Masters. “I will not hide from you that one of my goals is to compete in the ATP Finals.

I will try to the end. It is true that the situation is complicated, but there are still possibilities," said Karatsev, according to We Love Tennis. Winning it all in front of his local fans in Moscow was a dream come true for Karatsev.

According to Berrettini, Roger Federer is aware that he is one of the most influential people in the world, so he tries to bring about positive change both in tennis and out of it.

Berrettini opens up on Federer

Matteo Berrettini has claimed Roger Federer is the greatest ambassador for tennis, as he makes good use of his position and power to "positively impact" lives.

Berrettini has also revealed he grew up idolizing Federer, and that he would often sneak into the Foro Italico to catch a glimpse of the Swiss at the Rome Masters. "Roger (is the greatest ambassador of tennis)," Matteo Berrettini said.

"I admire the example he sets, and the time he gives to the sport off the court and away from the cameras. I feel he understands that he has the power to have a much more significant impact on the world in general. Whether it is his charity work or sitting on the ATP player council for so many years, he utilizes the sport and his popularity to impact as many lives as he can positively."

Matteo Berrettini went on to say that while he used to be an ardent supporter of Roger Federer's, the equation changed once they started featuring in tournaments together. "I grew up watching Roger (Federer) and cheering for him," Berrettini said.

"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."