Matteo Berrettini reached the top 10 on October 28, 2019 and is still part of the small circle of tennis players capable of serving in that portion of the ranking that many dream of. The Roman is probably experiencing the best season of his career.
His 2021 began with the final won at the ATP Cup, the round of 16 at the Australian Open; round of 16 that he was unable to play due to an injury to his upper abdominal area. After winning the title at the ATP 250 tournament in Belgrade 1, Berrettini played in the final of the Masters 1000 in Madrid, where he lost in three sets to Alexander Zverev, and pushed himself to the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.
The London summer subsequently gave great joys to the blue number one, who made him the prestigious Queen's tournament and became the first Italian to take part in the Wimbledon final. As happened during the second and third Grand Slams of the year, Berrettini was stopped by Novak Djokovic also at the US Open.
Ljubicic: "Berrettini like Federer. He only does the right things"
In an interview with the Italian newspaper il Messaggero, Ivan Ljubicic praised the growth of the player born in 1996. He said: "We are talking about an exceptional guy, also for the ability and depth he has to discuss things.
Like him I had only known Roger Federer, he is perfect, he only does the right things. It is interesting to see if the three monsters will win again or if they stop at 20 Grand Slams. I believe they will still be competitive.
Berrettini is in the group of young people who are becoming stronger and more aware, together with Zverev, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Rublev. For Berrettini this was the first year at a very high level. If you look at serve and forehand that are scary, he is missing a little something in the backhand level and he can move better.
He misses important matches in big tournaments, still a bit of experience. According to everyone, Sinner's name is among the candidates to win the Grand Slams of the future, from Musetti I was perhaps expecting something more in proportion to Sinner himself, but the talent is there, evidently it has different growth times. And then there is Sonego, whom I really like for how he is on the pitch and for the energy he puts into it."