"I think he has subtracted incredibly, it is the most impressive of all he has done," Berrettini said after yielding 6-2 and 6-1 in 63 minutes against Djokovic, in his first game of the Bjorn Borg group.
"It's what I've always said about Rafa and Roger, they are the three best in the history of tennis, and I was hoping to face a very tough game. I learned a lot from Roger and Rafa, and of course I will learn a lot from him," he said. Italian, the first of this nationality to compete in the ATP Finals since the seventies.
Corrado Barazzutti in 1978 in New York, and Adriano Panatta, in 1975 in Stockholm, were the only Italians who participated in an event like this, in the individual box. Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini also did it, but in the doubles box and in 2015.
"Of course I was nervous. It's my first time in the ATP Finals after a great year, but not in a negative way. I have to be nervous if I want to play my best tennis. The start of the game was very good, but he was a lot better than me today. You have to accept defeat and look forward to play the next games, "he said.
"The track is very fast and the ball does not bounce much, so it is difficult to combine the blows, especially my right," the Roman analyzed. "I think it is better when I have more time to take the ball, when it takes effect. Although for my serve it is better, for example. Against Novak it has not helped much, because it subtracted that way, very well. But I like the conditions "added Berrettini.
The Italian was 57 in the world on March 11, and climbed to number 9 in the ranking on October 28, the highest position of his career, with more than 40 victories for the first time.
This season, he has won two circuit titles in Budapest in April and in Stuttgart in June. He also reached the Munich final in May, and also won his third Challenger title in Phoenix in March. EFE