“Unbelievable Achievement”: Matteo Berrettini Reacts on Getting to Play at Home in ATP World Tour Finals 2021

Published 10/26/2021, 2:50 PM EDT
Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Matteo Berrettini of Italy reacts after winning a game in the first set against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day ten of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


Italy’s no.1 tennis player Matteo Berrettini, who is having his best run on the ATP tour so far, has qualified for the year-end championships to be held in Turin, Italy for the first time. Berrettini is the sixth player to qualify and there are still two spots left to be decided.

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The Italian, who also reached a career-high ranking of no.7 this year, has reached the third-round at the on-going Erste Bank Open in Vienna, Austria. Talking after his victory over Alexei Popyrin, Berrettini was elated to hear the official confirmation regarding his place in the World Tour Finals.

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Matteo Berrettini overjoyed to have qualified for the World Tour Finals at Turin this year

It was, well, crazy. It was in the air. But, this is the smile. It’s unbelievable achievement. So happy it’s gonna be in Italy”, an excited Berrettini responded.

The Italian continued, “London(2019) was amazing. Probably, Turin is going to be even better. Nothing to take from London, but I mean, it’s going to be in Italy, so, wow!!”.

With his accurate serve and heavy forehand, Berrettini got hold of the opportunity on grass this year as he won the Cinch Championships ahead of Wimbledon and even reached the finals at SW19(lost to Novak Djokovic).

Berrettini enjoys consistent run on the ATP tour this year

Not just on grass, the Italian produced consistent performances on clay as well. Berrettini reached the finals of Madrid Open, where he was outlasted by Alexander Zverev. The Italian won more than $3 million in prize money this year and also won two titles( Cinch Championships & Belgrade-1).

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Sep 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Matteo Berrettini of Italy hits to Corentin Moutet of France on day four of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

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Also, Berrettini enjoys a healthy win-loss record of 40-10 on the ATP tour this year. With this year, the Italian proved that he can produce quality tennis alongside his peers Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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Along with Tsitsipas and Medvedev, Matteo Berrettini will be one of the young talents to keep an eye on at slams next year. While Djokovic is still looking strong enough to capture majors in 2022, the rise to form from next-gen players will be enthralling to witness.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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