Matteo Berrettini drew differences between facing Roger Federer at Wimbledon and Rafael Nadal in the US Open. Both times the Italian player lost in straight sets but the match against the Spaniard was a much more balanced one.
"The loss to Federer, like all the ones, hurt me a lot. I tried to understand what I was doing wrong and how to improve. Against Rafa I was more fired up, focused on what I wanted to, convinced of my weapons", said Berrettini.
Asked when he thought of becoming a player, Berrettini replied: "One of the first times I went to the Rome Open. Filippo Volandri was facing Federer and I was trying to head into the Central Court without any ticket. I dreamed to be there one day."
On his inspirations, Berrettini concluded: "Corrado Barazzutti is the last one that did semifinal here, first one, last one. For sure he's here. He's my Davis Cup captain. We're talking every day. He's helped me a lot.
For sure I'm coming from Rome, so Adriano Panatta is coming from there. He usually text me a lot. I have to say he's the first one that told me you're going to serve like 220 kilometers per hour. I was 16 when I heard that.
I was, like, I don't know. If you say that, I'm going to trust you (smiling). Yeah, for me they are so -- they're guys that I have to look to. Tennis for sure is different right now. But the mental part of tennis is the same. I'm looking those kind of matches, those kind of mental toughness. Yeah, they're really inspiring me."