Matteo Berrettini speaks on his abdominal issue

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Matteo Berrettini speaks on his abdominal issue

Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini is still feeling his abdominal injury but luckily it's now under control and he is playing good tennis. Berrettini, ranked at No. 10 in the world, beat Karen Khachanov in the Australian Open third round but he picked up an abdominal injury and he ended up pulling out from his round-of-16 clash at Melbourne Park.

Berrettini took a two-month break, before returning to action at the Monte Carlo Masters last month. Berrettini won the Serbia Open in Belgrade two weeks ago, before making his maiden Madrid Masters semifinal this week.

Berrettini underlines it's a tricky injury

"It's an injury that I still feel it.

It's really tricky. Mentally you have to be strong because you have to know that you're fine, but at the same time you have to be careful. I'm working every day with my team in order to get better, to feel more confident," Berrettini said.

"It's crazy because after three days that I got injured, I could do a crunch with my abs, but I couldn't turn. When I was getting in the car, when I took the flight, I was struggling. I was feeling it. When I was sneezing, I was feeling it.

"Then from the very first moment, I mean, after three or four weeks, I could hit the ball. After I was really tired. My ab was hurting. I was feeling tired pretty quickly. I couldn't serve for a long time. Even in Miami, I wasn't serving 100%.

That's why I didn't play. "It was really tricky, but at the same time mentally it was a great work, a great effort. Now I guess it's why I'm feeling good now." Berrettini also dealt with ah abdominal injury last year so it's nothing new to him but as long as he is keeping it under control it should be all good for the Italian.