Top-ranked Italian tennis player Matteo Berrettini was in great spirits after beating Dominic Thiem at the ATP Cup and helping Italy beat Austria on the opening day. Berrettini, ranked at No. 8 in the world, saw off world No.
3 Thiem 6-2 6-4 in the second rubber of the Italy and Austria tie. "I'm very happy obviously for myself, but in this competition we're playing for a team, so it's really nice," Berrettini said in his on-court interview after his singles match, per the ATP website.
"I'm really happy with my performance." Berrettini was scheduled to play at the inaugural edition of the ATP Cup but an injury forced him to skip the event. "It was really sad last year [to miss the ATP Cup], unfortunately I was injured.
I saw the atmosphere in all the cities in Australia. It was a great event," Berrettini said. "This year I wanted to be here. Playing for your country is something special."
Berrettini and Fabio Fognini delivered in the doubles
Barrettini and Fognini defeated Dennis Novak and Thiem 6-1 6-4 in the deciding rubber of the tie.
"I think we played a good match for sure," Fognini said. "He played amazing in singles. Without his victory, we are not here to discuss our victory in doubles." In the opening rubber of the tie, Novak surprised Fognini 6-3 6-2.
"It was a long wait for today. I've practised since the beginning of December already, so I was really looking forward to today," Novak said in his on-court interview. "I was nervous, didn't sleep that well.
I think you could see that in my first service game. I [gave] a really easy break, but then I tried to fight in the game and then I played pretty solid. "Of course it's never easy to play Fabio. You never know what's coming. I was focussing on myself and I think I did a good job."