Matteo Berrettini Chooses Novak Djokovic Over Rafael Nadal as a Bigger Competition in Grand Slams

Published 06/19/2022, 11:14 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy after winning his final match alongside Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/Steven Paston

Over the years, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have proven to be two of the biggest competitors for other players on the tour. Goes without saying, the competitiveness level of the two gets doubled when competing in Grand Slams. Looking at the majors, since 2010, the two have won 35 of the 49 Grand Slams. Not to mention, the two are far from dropping down right now.

Being two players of such caliber and class, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that they are two of the greatest players of all time. However, what if a situation arises in which one needs to be chosen as more difficult to beat at slams? Preparing for the 2022 Wimbledon, Matteo Berrettini recently chose to answer it. His choice? Novak Djokovic.


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Replicating his 2021 grass-court season, Berrettini has already started showing his dominance on the grass court in 2022. Winning the Stuttgart Open, the 2021 Wimbledon runner-up is back in the finals of Queen’s Club to defend his title. Heading towards Wimbledon, Berrettini recently opened up about playing and beating Djokovic and Nadal in majors.


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Making a choice in such a case may be difficult for a player. However, that didn’t seem to be the case with Berrettini. Without giving it a second thought, the Italian chose Novak Djokovic over Rafael Nadal as a tougher opponent in slams. He said, “Beating Djokovic in a Slam is probably one of the toughest things you can ever do. I’m not saying that beating Rafa is easy, but winning against Novak is harder”

Looking at the stats, Berrettini has played against Djokovic four times in his career. Of which, three meetings have been in Grand Slams. Even though Berrettini has given his best shot on all occasions, he trails 4-0 against the Serbian.


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A similar sight has been in the case of Nadal. The two have played each other twice in their career so far. Coincidentally, in Grand Slams on both occasions. However, like in the case of Djokovic, Berrettini also trails 2-0 against the Spaniard.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Italy’s Matteo Berrettini after winning the men’s final REUTERS/Paul Childs

While Berrettini has placed his bets on Djokovic, a number of tennis fans have also placed their bets on Nadal. The three are now heading towards England for the 2022 Wimbledon Championship.


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Would Berrettini face either of the two at Wimbledon? If yes, what would be the result? Do let us know in the comments below. 



Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.