In an interview with Sky Sport, Italian Olympic Committee chief Giovanni Malago praised Matteo Berrettini's breakthrough on the tour. Malago said: "Results are so great that make 60 million of Italians happy. I am satisfied because every day I meet a person who remembers what I was saying when Berrettini was world No.
500: he will become one of the best players in the world. Besides being a great player, you perfectly understood that Matteo was a solid and serious person, his family too. He is a quality person. His ability to read the match, not get disappointed in the tough times, forget what happened in the past points, that's what impressed me.
He is strong mentally and he improved a lot physically, moving, on the backhand side. He worked on it a lot. Maybe before he had weaknesses but now he is a complete player. He has everything to compete with the best guys once Djokovic, Nadal and Federer retire.
I think we can get to a situation where many guys can win a tournament like it is happening on the women's tour." The former Italian footballer Gianni Rivera said, "What I admire the most about him is his technique and focus which is the key to be successful in any sport.
It seems he has the right mindset, he wants to win, which is the most important thing." Asked if the era featuring Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is the best ever, the 1976 French Open winner Adriano Panatta indicated that his time where Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg was a tough one too.
"It's normal that you look at what's happening now. But I think every era had very good players, amazing players and mine was no exception."