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Matteo Berrettini

Matteo Berrettini
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Country (sports) Italy
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1996-04-12) 12 April 1996 (age 25)[1]
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro2015
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachVincenzo Santopadre, Marco Gulisano, Umberto Rianna
Prize moneyUS$ 7,605,702[2]
Singles
Career record108-60 (64.3% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 7 (13 September 2021)
Current rankingNo. 7 (13 September 2021)[3]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2021)
French OpenQF (2021)
WimbledonF (2021)
US OpenSF (2019)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (2019)
Doubles
Career record21-16 (56.8% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 105 (22 July 2019)
Current rankingNo. 210 (13 September 2021)[4]
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
French Open2R (2019)
Wimbledon1R (2018)
US Open2R (2018)
Last updated on: 13 September 2021.

Matteo Berrettini (Italian pronunciation: [mat't?:o berret'ti:ni];[5][6] born 12 April 1996) is an Italian professional tennis player.[7] He has a career high ATP singles ranking of world No. 7, achieved on 13 September 2021, and a career high ATP doubles ranking of world No. 105, achieved on 22 July 2019.

He won his first ATP 500 level event at the 2021 Queen's Club Championships. He also reached the final of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships and the semifinals of the 2019 US Open.

Professional career

2017: ATP main draw debut

Berrettini made his ATP main draw debut at the Italian Open after earning a wildcard in the pre-qualifying wildcard tournament.[8] He was defeated by Fabio Fognini in the first round. He was the top seed in the eight man Italian field competing for the final spot in the inaugural Next Generation ATP Finals in Milan, but lost to Filippo Baldi in straight sets.[9]

2018: First ATP title

At the Swiss Open Gstaad, Berrettini won his first ATP title, defeating Roberto Bautista Agut in the final.[10] He also won his first ATP doubles title at the same event, partnering with Daniele Bracciali.[11]

2019: First Grand Slam semifinal, Top 10 debut, ATP Finals

At the Hungarian Open, Berrettini won his second ATP singles title, defeating Filip Krajinovi? in the final. Berrettini continued his form into the following week as he reached the final at the Bavarian International Tennis Championships. There, his nine-match winning streak was snapped by Cristian Garín in a third set tie-breaker. At the Italian Open, Berrettini upset Alexander Zverev in the round of 32 for his first win against a top-5 player.

Berrettini's improvement continued into the grass court season, winning his third singles title in Stuttgart over Félix Auger-Aliassime in the final. Berrettini's serve was not broken throughout the entire tournament, thereby making him only the fifth man since 1999 to win two tournaments without dropping serve (the other occasion coming at the 2018 Gstaad Open).[12] The following week, Berrettini reached his first ATP 500 semifinal at the Halle Open where he was defeated by David Goffin. Following the tournament, the Italian broke into the top-20.

As the 17th seed at Wimbledon, Berrettini reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time after defeating Diego Schwartzman in five sets. He then lost to eight-time champion Roger Federer comprehensively in 74 minutes. After congratulating Federer for his win during their post-match handshake, Berrettini jokingly asked Federer, "Thanks for the tennis lesson, how much do I owe you?"[13]

Berrettini withdrew from his next two events in Gstaad and Montreal, citing an ankle injury.[14] He played a lead-up tournament in Cincinnati before competing in the US Open. There, despite his lack of preparation, Berettini reached his first Major quarterfinal after defeating Andrey Rublev in the fourth round.[15] He then beat Gaël Monfils in a fifth set tiebreak to become the first Italian man to reach the US Open semifinals since 1977.[16] Berrettini's run ended against eventual champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets, despite holding two set points in the opening-set tiebreak.

Pursuing an ATP Finals berth, Berrettini achieved his best Masters result yet at the Shanghai Masters by reaching the semifinals. Along the way Berrettini claimed his second career top-5 victory by beating Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals. Another semifinal appearance at the Vienna Open saw Berrettini break into the top ten rankings. As world number 8, Berrettini claimed the final spot in the 2019 ATP Finals in London. There, he lost his opening two round robin matches to Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, before becoming the first Italian man to win a match at the event by defeating Dominic Thiem.[17]

2020: COVID-19 pandemic, weaker results

After withdrawing from the 2020 ATP Cup due to physical problems, at the Australian Open, Berrettini beat Andrew Harris before losing to Tennys Sandgren. After the tour shutdown and return due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he won the Ultimate Tennis Showdown. He lost in the third round to Reilly Opelka in Cincinnati.

At the US Open, he reached the fourth round without dropping a set. He then lost to Andrey Rublev in four sets in a rematch of the previous year's fourth round.

He reached the quarterfinals in Rome for the first time, losing to Casper Ruud. Berrettini reached the third round at Roland Garros. At the Paris Masters, he lost to Marcos Giron in the first round, citing physical pain. Despite his weak results, Berrettini finished in the top-10 for the second consecutive year (due to his 2019 ranking points being protected by the post COVID-19 ranking changes).

2021: First Grand Slam & Masters 1000 finals, first ATP 500 title, ATP Cup final

Berrettini's strong performance advanced Italy to the final of the 2021 ATP Cup against Russia, where he lost to Daniil Medvedev in two sets. At the 2021 Australian Open he reached the fourth round but withdrew from the tournament with abdominal pain. He remained out of competition until the clay season in April. He won his first singles title in over a year at the Serbia Open, over Aslan Karatsev.[18]

On May at the Madrid Open, in his first main draw appearance, he reached his first Masters 1000 final, which he lost to Alexander Zverev in 3 sets.

At the French Open, he became the first Italian male tennis player to reach the fourth round in every Grand slam's tournament. He eventually reached the second Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career, as Roger Federer withdrew ahead of their fourth-round match, citing his need to prevent injuries after a long recovery from knee surgeries.[19] In the quarterfinal he then lost in 4 sets against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

On 20 June he won the biggest title so far in his career at the Queen's Club Championships,[20] his first on the ATP 500 level. He became the first debutant to triumph at Queen's Club since Boris Becker in 1985[21] and the first Italian in history to win this title.[22] He defeated Briton Cameron Norrie in the final, after beating two others home favorites in the tournament: wildcard Andy Murray (2nd round) and 6th seed Dan Evans (quarterfinals).

At the Wimbledon Championships Berrettini reached his second straight Major quarterfinal defeating Ilya Ivashka. He defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime in four sets to reach his first Wimbledon semifinal and second career Grand Slam semifinal, becoming the first Italian man in the Open Era to reach the Wimbledon semifinals and the second in history since Nicola Pietrangeli in 1960.[23] He advanced to his first ever Grand Slam final after beating Hubert Hurkacz becoming the first Italian, man or woman, to reach a Wimbledon singles final and the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam final since Adriano Panatta at 1976 Roland Garros.[24][25] There, he lost to Novak Djokovic in four sets.

At the US Open, Berrettini reached the quarterfinals following wins over Ilya Ivashka and Oscar Otte. He then lost to Novak Djokovic in four sets, in a repeat of the Wimbledon final.

Playing style

Berrettini's backhand

Berrettini is an aggressive all-court player known for his strong serve and forehand. His primary weapon is his forehand, known for its speed, spin and depth. He also possesses a strong serve, capable of reaching up to 235 km/h (146 mph).[26] Berrettini focuses on setting up quick points and hitting winners with aggressive play and putting pressure on his opponent. His transitional and net game are also integral parts of his game to finish off points, and he has been known to serve-and-volley. His aggressive game grounded in big serves and forehands have led to many to compare him to Fernando González and Juan Martín del Potro. His play style has led to him being nicknamed "The Hammer".[]

Despite having a weaker and less consistent backhand, Berrettini has a strong backhand slice capable of neutralizing aggression and keeping the ball low. This slice allows him to set up aggressive forehands. He has good disguise on his dropshot on both wings, often following with an approach to the net.

Berrettini's weaknesses are his defensive game and inconsistency. He suffers most when put under pressure by opponents and is forced to defend on the run, especially when attacked on the backhand wing. Prior to 2019, Berrettini's inconsistency was also a major obstacle to his success, though it has shown signs of improvement since. However, drops in mental focus and his naturally aggressive game are responsible for his high number of unforced errors.

Personal life

Born in Rome to Luca Berrettini and Claudia Bigo, Matteo Berrettini has a younger brother, Jacopo, also a tennis player.[27] His maternal grandmother, Lucia Fogaça, is a Brazilian from Rio de Janeiro.[28] His paternal grandfather is from Florence. He is fluent in Italian, English, and Spanish. He is in a relationship with Australian tennis player Ajla Tomljanovi?.[29]

Career statistics

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2021 US Open.

Tournament 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W-L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R 2R 4R 0 / 4 4-3 57%
French Open A 3R 2R 3R QF 0 / 4 8-4 67%
Wimbledon A 2R 4R NH F 0 / 3 10-3 77%
US Open Q2 1R SF 4R QF 0 / 4 12-4 75%
Win-Loss 0-0 3-4 9-4 6-3 16-3 0 / 15 34-14 71%
Year-end championships
ATP Finals DNQ RR Alt 0 / 1 1-2 33%
  • Berrettini withdrew before the fourth round of the 2021 Australian Open, which does not officially count as a loss.
  • Berrettini's fourth round opponent, Roger Federer, withdrew before the fourth round of the 2021 French Open, which does not officially count as a win.

Grand Slam tournament finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2021 Wimbledon Grass Serbia Novak Djokovic 7-6(7-4), 4-6, 4-6, 3-6

See also

References

  1. ^ "Matteo Berrettini". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "ATP Prize Money Leaders" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Rankings Singles". ATP Tour.
  4. ^ "Rankings Doubles". ATP Tour.
  5. ^ Luciano Canepari. "Matteo". DiPI Online (in Italian). Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Luciano Canepari. "Berrettini". DiPI Online (in Italian). Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Matteo Berrettini - Rankings history". Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "ATP/WTA ROMA - Prequalificazioni: Berrettini e Chiesa nel main draw!". Tennis World Italia (in Italian).
  9. ^ "The Battle For The Eighth Spot at the Next Gen ATP Finals In Milan". Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals.
  10. ^ "ATP Gstaad: Matteo Berrettini downs Bautista Agut to conquer first title". Tennis World USA.
  11. ^ "First-Time Winner Spotlight: Matteo Berrettini". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Berrettini's Serving Feat Second Only To Federer". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "Berrettini Asks Federer How Much He Owes For Wimbledon Lesson". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "Rising star Matteo Berrettini withdraws late from Montreal Masters". Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ "Forza Matteo! Berrettini Reaches First Grand Slam QF". Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "Berrettini Beats Monfils To Reach First US Open Semi-finals". Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ "Berrettini Makes History With Thiem Win In London". Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ "Berrettini Battles Past Karatsev For Belgrade Title". atpworldtour.com. ATP. 25 April 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  19. ^ "Roger Federer Withdraws From Roland Garros". atpworldtour.com. ATP. 6 June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  20. ^ "cinch Championships at the Queen's Club Tournament". www.lta.org.uk.
  21. ^ "cinch Championships 2021: Berrettini beats brave Norrie in three sets to win title". www.lta.org.uk.
  22. ^ "Matteo Berrettini Blasts To Queen's Club Crown | ATP Tour | Tennis". ATP Tour.
  23. ^ "Matteo Berrettini Beats Felix Auger-Aliassime To Make Italian History | ATP Tour | Tennis". ATP Tour.
  24. ^ "Matteo Berrettini Seals Historic Wimbledon Final Berth With Hubert Hurkacz Victory | ATP Tour | Tennis". ATP Tour.
  25. ^ Clarey, Christopher (9 July 2021). "It's Novak Djokovic vs. Matteo Berrettini in Wimbledon Final" – via NYTimes.com.
  26. ^ "Men's & Women's Fastest Tennis Serves Ever Recorded". Retrieved 2021.
  27. ^ Francesco Giovannetti. "Us Open, la madre di Matteo Berrettini: "Tennista per caso, ora sogno di vederlo diventare numero 1"". La Stampa (in Italian). Retrieved 2019.
  28. ^ Alessia Cruciani. "Matteo Berrettini: "Se me l'avessero detto sei mesi fa non ci avrei creduto"". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 2019.
  29. ^ "Matteo Berrettini and girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic enjoying shopping in Vienna". tennistonic.com. 25 October 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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