From Bologna, our correspondent
Matteo Berrettini looks very relaxed at the press conference after his easy win against Argentinian # 2 Sebastian Baez. The blue, too more powerful, left no way out for the opponent who tried to compensate with determination and speed. Useless efforts that gave birth to the inevitable 6-2 6-3 final.
Matteo, we are now in September. Can you take stock of your season?
“An unfortunate season due to the many physical problems, but also with many positive moments: I made the semifinals in Australia, I won the two tournaments on the grass just back from surgery, the quarter-finals at the US Open. So let’s say that I am not disappointed with the results, but rather by the fact that I was unable to give everything I had ”.
We cannot fail to mention Federer and his retirement. What did your match against him at Wimbledon 2019 represent for you?
“I would say a crazy alarm clock (laughs, ed). A moment that she will always remain with me anyway. I was playing on her field, against the idol of my adolescence … let’s say that the result didn’t even interest me so much. In fact, I knew that years later I would remember those moments with a smile ”.
Do you think you can do it to qualify for the ATP Finals?
“Thinking about making it costs nothing, but obviously it’s not an easy thing. This year, as I said, I have played little and, despite everything, I am still in the running. And this is a Source of pride for me ”.
In this moment of your career, what is the moment you remember with the greatest satisfaction?
“Easy to say the Wimbledon final. But I wouldn’t underestimate the double at Queen’s. When I read the roll of honor of the tournament I got chills, like when Becker stopped me to tell me ‘Now rest for you to get to the bottom of Wimbledon’. These are things that impressed me a lot “.
What do you think of the ATP calendar?
“Maybe it’s a too rich calendar. I don’t know if there are many other sports that are played 11 months a year. Then with this intensity, with all the trips we make. It would be important to have a little longer recovery times ”.
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