Italian star Matteo Berrettini has qualified for the ATP Finals for the second time. However, now the story is totally different from the past. This time he plays in his backyard. As a consequence, the 25-year-old from Rome can’t wait to step on the court.
After a twelve years stint in London, the ATP Finals will play for the next five years at Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy. This year’s event will be held from 14th to 21st November on the indoor hard courts.
“I feel the pressure, but it’s good pressure. It’s so nice to be here. I know that the crowd is going to be on my side, and I really cannot wait to step on the court,” Berrettini said in a recent interview.
“Obviously on the other side of the net there are going to be the best players in the world, so it’s not going to be easy. But I am one of them, so that helps,” Matteo added.
Speaking about his ATP Finals opponents, the host emphasised, “I think it’s special. I think that the atmosphere is going to be special. The site and everything, how it’s organised is really nice. I think Italy deserved such an event. Hopefully, it’s going to be good on the court.”
“I’m Sure He’s Going To Qualify In The Next Few Years”: Berrettini on Jannik Sinner
Another Italian stalwart Jannik Sinner has had a wonderful season. More importantly, he has won four titles and climbed into the top 10 in the ATP ranking this year. Nevertheless, the 20-year-old from San Candido, unfortunately, did not qualify for the season conclusion event.
When asked about his countryman, Berrettini explained, “I think the more Italians there are on Tour, the better it is for everyone. For the crowd, for the fans and us. Between me and Jannik, there is a really good relationship. We push each other to get better and he’s five years younger, I’m sure he’s going to qualify in the next few years.”
“But he had an incredible year, so it was really a few points away, but I think this experience this year is going to help him in the next few years,” the Wimbledon finalist added.
In the first encounter, Matteo Berrettini faces the 2018 Champion Alexander Zverev in Turin.