The first game of a tournament is never simple, especially when you do it in the final phase of the season. Physical and mental fatigue, added pressure for having to look for points and good feelings to end the year, and even more when you have been framed in the same group as Djokovic, Federer or Thiem. This is what happens to Matteo Berrettini in London, where he hopes from today to be able to give one of the great surprises of the season and achieve a semifinal classification that would be a true utopia.
Debut today before Novak Djokovic: "Having played against Roger Federer in Wimbledon and Rafael Nadal in the US Open, now I have to play against Novak Djokovic in the ATP Finals, a tournament where he has been seen as champion on numerous occasions. I am ready and excited to try give my best to play a good role. Being able to be in a tournament with these characteristics is a great prize for the good season I have done this year. I will fight to the fullest to be competitive, despite being the player with less experience in this type of tournaments, "he said in an interview conducted by Corriere della Sera.
Gift for Shapovalov for helping you in Paris-Bercy ?: "I thought about giving him wine but in a bowl of carboy demijohn (laughs). When we meet at the Davis Cup in Madrid I will talk to him and thank him for what he did for me in Paris. We will both be rivals next week, so I will tell him I have no intention of returning the favor by letting me win (laughs). "
The game where more emotions have been on a track: "If I had to stay with one, it would be against Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the US Open. Practically all my time at Flushing Meadows was crazy, because when I think about the quarterfinal match against Gael Monfils I still have a lot of chills. The points in the game, the double foul, 7-6 in the fifth and final set … Every time I think about that game I get the creeps. Incredible. "
His relationship with Ajla Tomljanovic: "I am very much in love with her. In the first place I really liked her physically. I thought at a time that I was attracted to blondes, but nevertheless she appeared and everything changed. Ajla is a very great person, with an education and values that are unique. Every time I am with her I am happy and from the first time I saw her I was very attracted. "
Popularity in the world of tennis: "The number of idols I have known after my success this season is incredible. I have met Alessandro Borghi, Claudio Marchisio or Carlos Verdone, my absolute idol, who sent me a very nice video congratulating me for qualifying for the ATP Finals. I hope one day to meet Lebron James in Shanghai I had tickets to be able to see the Lakers vs Nets in the front row I would have invaded the field with just being able to hug him Hours before I managed to win Baptist and my team forced me to rest in the hotel. frustrated and I had to give those tickets badly. "