Matteo Berrettini's 2021 did not have the epilogue he deserved. In fact, the Italian suffered an abdominal injury during the first Round Robin match at the ATP Finals in Turin. An injury that forced him to miss the next two games in the Red Group and the Davis Cup, which saw Italy go out in the quarter-finals against Croatia.
Last July, the Roman became the first Italian tennis player to reach the final at Wimbledon and only Novak Djokovic prevented him from fulfilling his dream. The Serbian champion also eliminated him at the Roland Garros and at the US Open, and Berrettini, during an interview on the podcast Cachemire, joked about the situatio.
In fact he said: "Novak is an absolute champion. He has never done anything wrong to me, except to beat me every time we have faced each other. He has a different mind from others. What strikes me above all is his desire to continue winning despite everything he has already achieved."
Matteo Berrettini: "I want to take it all back"
Berrettini started training for the next season and, in a video message sent during the Aniene Rowing Club party (words reported by the newspaper Il Corriere dello Sport - ed.), he said: "I'm fine, I managed to recover.
I started training again a few days ago. I am preparing for the ATP Cup, in which I will finally play for the national team, then I will take the field at the Australian Open. I will leave for Australia at Christmas. The most important thing is that now I am fine, I have tried to put behind me the last experiences that have not been easy on an emotional level.
After every injury, and I've had many, I've always gotten stronger. I missed the two most important events of the year in Italy. Now I want to take it all back." Berrettini will come back to the court at the ATP Cup 2022, where he will represent Italy together with Jannik Sinner, Lorenzo Sonego, Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli.
The Italian team was not particularly lucky and will also have to beat the competition from Russia to gain access to the semi-finals of the Australian event.