Matteo Berrettini defeated Lucas Pouille in straight sets, 6-2 6-4, to reach the Rome Open second round. Last year, at the same stage of the tournament, the Italian lost in straight sets. Berrettini, analyzing his win over Pouille, said: "Feelings were very good, I started well since the beginning by breaking my opponent and I knew I had to keep going like this, playing my game, focusing on my serve, which I will have to do against Zverev.
He is not going through an unbelievable time but the unbelievable thing is what he did last year by winning in Munich, Madrid and reaching Rome final. He is one year younger than me and I only have respect for him. We will see what will happen but I am confident."
Considering that Zverev is not going through his best time, could he live a magical night in the Foro Italico on the Central Court? "Even last year I thought I thought could live it, even if he was very confirmed and in some ways, it was magical because I left the court being smiley and convinced that I could have done everything.
This year rather than him I focus on myself, I improved and compared to the last year I can bother him more." "Stefanos did great things last year and on Saturday I saw a bit of his match against Rafael Nadal and he is continuing to play well", the 23-year-old concluded speaking of the great time Tsitsipas is going through.