Stefano Pescosolido, the former World No. 42 from Italy and now a television commentator, speaks about the state of Italian tennis in an interview to SportFair Italy. Speaking about Matteo Berrettini, who broke into the Top 10 of the world rankings in 2019, the 48 year old says Berrettini will continue to do well in the coming years.
"Certainly Matteo Berrettini is the revelation of 2019, an extraordinary season. I believe that in the coming years he will maintain very high levels. He is a complete, modern tennis player with great forehand and service.
Due to his characteristics, Matteo can adapt to all surfaces and has improved a lot on hard courts as demonstrated at the US Open. It is a great advantage in modern tennis to have the ability to score points on all surfaces.
Maybe not always in the top 10, but in the top 20 we will see him for many years. He also has a great coach as Santopadre and the support of the Federation, as well as a large support staff. He is a controlled player who works very well and continues to grow and improve.
He has high expectations and will be able to manage the pressures " One of the biggest stories in men's tennis in 2019 was the rise of 18 year old Jannik Sinner, who rose from outside the Top 500 to end the year as World No.
78. Pescosolido says, "It was a big surprise in 2019, now I expect a confirmation in 2020 with physical improvements, in the service and in the net game, improvements that will lead him to reach the maximum levels. He has already demonstrated this year in matches like those against Wawrinka and Monfils, another positive aspect also for Sinner is his coach, he is followed by Piatti."
While the men have had a great season in 2019, the Italian women have failed to replicate the success of former champions like Flavia Pennetta, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, something that Pescosolido agrees upon. "Unfortunately, after the many successes of our splendid players in the Fed Cup, there was no programming and there are obvious holes that we are paying for right now.
We hope for Giorgi and her definitive explosion, also in Paolini followed by Renzo Furlan, but it is clear that men's tennis is definitely ahead at the moment " Finally, speaking about the Big Three in the men's game and their domination of the Slams in 2020, Pescosolido says, “Of course they will also be the main protagonists in 2020, there is a very coveted Slam record, the pursuers will do everything to overcome Federer.
They remain the absolute favorites, but I expect a challenge from Thiem, Zverev and Tsitsipas, they can undermine them together with Medvedev "