Adriano Panatta slams Jannik Sinner vs. Matteo Berrettini matchup

The second round of Wimbledon between Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini gave a lot of emotions

by Simone Brugnoli
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Adriano Panatta slams Jannik Sinner vs. Matteo Berrettini matchup
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A memorable match? Not for everyone. The second round of Wimbledon between Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini gave a lot of emotions to the Italian fans, with the heart split in half for almost 4 hours of the game.

Jannik Sinner, Wimbledon 2024
Jannik Sinner, Wimbledon 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport
 

An intense meeting full of overturns, from which both Italians came out reinforced. If among fans and insiders have rained the appreciation of the show showcased by our local rackets, a legend like Adriano Panatta has expressed a different opinion.

During the last episode of "The Phone Call", podcast on Spotify, the former Roman tennis player spoke with his friend and former companion of adventures Paolo Bertolucci, analyzing the derby between the number one in the world and The Hammer.

A memorable match? Not for everyone

Adriano Panatta said he disagreed with the definition of the year’s match next to the derby on Wednesday. "It was a great game from an emotional point of view, but technically not very good.

Sinner and Berrettini
Sinner and Berrettini© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

I read about the game of the century, but as usual, it goes too far. They’ve both made a lot of unforced mistakes and I think it’s not normal for Sinner to make so many mistakes. It almost seems that he is surprised to play not at the best and yesterday he could not, also for the merits of Matteo Berrettini" said the current commentator.

Panatta added: "I think both can do better. Jannik Sinner has played at 80% of his potential, maybe even less, given the matches against Alcaraz and Djokovic in the past. Berrettini has regained the power of service, but it moves worse than three years ago.

This he recovers with training and the games he lacks, he can improve and make his game. It also has to work on the reverse, it has a movement that does not convince me".

Sinner has confirmed to be the world number 1, making a difference in the decisive moments and preventing the countryman from dragging the match to the fifth set.

Adriano Panatta Jannik Sinner Matteo Berrettini
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