In an interview to Corriere Matteo Berrettini spoke about his upcoming match against Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals in London. The 23-year-old Rome native said: "After Federer in Wimbledon and Nadal in New York, here you have Novak.
I am ready, emotional but ready. Feeling grateful for all the great things that happened to me this year doesn't mean to sit. I will be competitive." He was No. 54 in March, now 8. How does it feel like? "I like taking notes on my iPad, I wrote it on my diary just some days ago: it causes you headache but I like it."
Asked what was the biggest emotion so far, Berrettini replied: "The match against Rafael Nadal at the US Open. The whole journey in New York was crazy. If I think about the quarter-finals against Gael Monfils, I still feel emotional.
The match point, the double fault, 7-6 in the fifth set. Unbelievable." Berrettini was asked how he spent his $960,000 US Open semifinals prize money. The Italian, who has earned more than $2 million this year so far playing tournaments, said: "I bought two rings, my passion.
One of them is on my neck." Asked why he keeps his beard, Berrettini replied: "I am lazy. My mother doesn't like it, Alja likes", he concluded.