Roger Federer’s Coach Says Matteo Berrettini ‘Reminds’ Him of The Swiss Maestro

Published 09/24/2021, 10:48 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Italy’s Matteo Berrettini celebrates during his fourth round match against Belarus’ Ilya Ivashka Pool via REUTERS/Jon Super


Ivan Ljubicic, Roger Federer’s coach, praised the world number seven, Matteo Berrettini and drew some similarities between him and Roger. The former world number, Ljubicic, also claimed that Berrettini has the potential to win a Grand Slam.

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Matteo Berrettini reminds me of Federer, says Ivan Ljubicic

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According to Ivan, Berrettini had an incredible run at all the grand slams. He showed determination and consistency throughout the year. Ljubicic said, “Berrettini is going to win a Grand Slam. He is perfect, does everything right. He reminds me of Roger Federer for how deeply he analyzes things.

2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Nine. Roger Federer of Switzerland during his match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the Men’s Singles Quarter-Finals match on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3rd, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

The Croatian drew some similarities between the 20-time grand slam champion, Roger Federer and Matteo Berrettini. He confessed that the Italian reminds him of Federer as both the players analyze their games deeply. Above all, Ljubicic believes that Berrettini will win a Grand Slam sooner or later.

Berrettini’s 2021 season

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The World No. 7, Matteo Berrettini has had a stunning season so far. The Italian won his first ATP 500 title at Queen’s club championships in London. He triumphed over Cameron Norrie to lift his trophy. Berrettini reached the quarter-finals of French Open resoundingly. Nonetheless, he lost against the world number one, Novak Djokovic in four sets.

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

At Wimbledon, he became the first Italian man in the Open Era to reach the Wimbledon finals. However, after a thrilling four set match, Berrettini fell short against Novak Djokovic. The final score recorded was 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the favor of Djokovic.

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At US Open, Berrettini advanced to the quarter-finals of the competition. For the third time in the same year, Novak Djokovic ended the run of the Italian in a Grand Slam. Berrettini has been steady on the tour and is a strong contender for a Grand Slam victory, provided he doesn’t come up against Djokovic again!

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at Essentially Sports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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