In an interview, Matteo Berrettini spoke about how it feels to reach the ATP Finals in London for the first time. The 23-year-old Rome native said: "It's a dream come true. Everybody is asking me if I am aware of it and I am not really aware.
This year has been very important from every point of view: mentally I managed to go through very complicated situations, besides handling new ones. After great results, you feel pressure, you ask yourself even more questions and there was a time where I slept badly.
I improved, my level raised. In the head to head meetings, I am down with everyone but I definitely can compete. Against Novak Djokovic it's hard, many things of him bother me. He returns very well, plays very well on the backhand side, so it's going to be a very difficult match technique-wise.
But it will be a very nice emotion. We trained together in Cincinnati, he is a pleasant person. This year I played against Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, he was the only one left." Berrettini also recalled his loss to Federer in the Wimbledon fourth round: "At the net, I should have asked him how much money the tennis lesson would have cost me."
"I have a big mental strength," Berrettini continued, "but also major weapons technique-wise, despite I do not have an unbelievable physical skill. I have fast arms and I am fit because I played many tough five-setter matches."