Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini felt world No. 1 Novak Djokovic was the only player who could beat him at Wimbledon. Berrettini, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 8 in the world, made his maiden Grand Slam final at Wimbledon before losing to Djokovic in four sets.
"Obviously now I’m disappointed and angry because I lost and because I’m convinced that I didn’t play my best tennis, though the fact that on the other side of the court stood a player such as Novak must also be taken into account; that’s why he is one of the best ever.
What was missing today? To play a little better from the baseline. However, for me it’s been an incredible two weeks that left me with the knowledge that I can win this title. What I will do in the coming weeks, months and years is very clear to me: I’ll work to try to lift that trophy.
“I stepped onto the court knowing that his weapons defuse mine, it doesn’t always happen automatically and it doesn’t always happen in a final. He is the only player who could probably beat me, the only one who could put me in trouble on grass, I felt very good and emotionally that is not easy to manage.
On this side, I’m sure this experience will help me. With my team we said we are on the right path and I agree on this."
Berrettini proud of his achievement
“Anyways, I am very proud of what I have done and of what we are all doing for tennis; I will be received by President Mattarella, and this is a source of great satisfaction.
Satisfaction that first of all, however, I want to share with those who have always been there, with my family, my friends, with my team and with you, the journalists who have always followed my career”. After a successful run at Wimbledon, Berrettini is hoping to make a deep run at the Tokyo Olympic and return home with a medal.
“The medal? I’m going to Tokyo because I think I can win one, it’s definitely my goal. The most important thing is to look ahead, challenging days are coming from a bureaucratic point of view, I will take a few days off to recover and then I will leave for Japan, hoping that this is the first and last Olympics to be experienced this way."