Matteo Berrettini

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Matteo Berrettini
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Country (sports) Italy
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1996-04-12) 12 April 1996 (age 24)[1]
Rome, Italy
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro2015
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachVincenzo Santopadre
Prize moneyUS$ 4,977,429
Singles
Career record71–50 (58.7% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 8 (4 November 2019)
Current rankingNo. 10 (19 October 2020)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2020)
French Open3R (2018, 2020)
Wimbledon4R (2019)
US OpenSF (2019)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (2019)
Doubles
Career record16–13 (55.2% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 105 (22 July 2019)
Current rankingNo. 205 (11 November 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
French Open2R (2019)
Wimbledon1R (2018)
US Open2R (2018)
Last updated on: 7 April 2020.

Matteo Berrettini (Italian pronunciation: [matˈtɛːo berretˈtiːni]; born 12 April 1996) is an Italian tennis player.[3] Berrettini has a career high ATP singles ranking of world No. 8, achieved on 4 November 2019, and a career high ATP doubles ranking of world No. 105, achieved on 22 July 2019.

Tennis career[edit]

2017: ATP main draw debut[edit]

Berrettini made his ATP main draw debut at the Italian Open after earning a wildcard in the pre-qualifying wildcard tournament.[4] 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. He lost to Filippo Baldi in straight sets.[5]

2018: First ATP title[edit]

At the Swiss Open Gstaad, Berrettini won his first ATP title, defeating Roberto Bautista Agut in the final.[6] He also won his first ATP doubles title at the same event, partnering Daniele Bracciali.[7]

2019: Breakthrough: Major semifinal, Top 10 and ATP Finals[edit]

At the Hungarian Open, Berrettini won his second ATP singles title, beating Filip Krajinović in the final. Berretini continued his form into the following week as he reached the final at the Bavarian International Tennis Championships. There, his nine match winning streak ended as he was defeated 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 ever win against a top 5 player.

Berrettini's development continued into the grass court season, winning his third singles title in Stuttgart, defeating Félix Auger-Aliassime in the final. During the tournament, Berrettini didn't lose a service game, thereby becoming only the fifth man since 1999 to win two tournaments without dropping serve (the other time he accomplished this feat was at the 2018 Gstaad Open).[8] 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 world's top 20.

As the 17th seed at Wimbledon, Berrettini reached the second week of a grand slam for the first time after defeating Diego Schwartzman in 5 sets in the third round. He lost his next match to 8 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?"[9]

Berrettini withdrew from his next two events in Gstaad and Montreal, citing an ankle injury.[10] He managed to play one lead up tournament in Cincinnati before competing in the final Grand Slam of the year – the US Open. There, despite his lack of competitive preparation, Berettini managed to reach his first Major quarter final after defeating Andrey Rublev in the fourth round.[11] In the quarterfinals, he beat Gaël Monfils in a fifth set tiebreak to become the first Italian man to reach the US Open semifinals since 1977.[12] Berrettini's run ended in the semifinals against Rafael Nadal in straight sets after he was unable to capitalize on two set points in the opening set tiebreaker.

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, this time at the Vienna Open, saw Berrettini break into the worlds top ten. As world number 8, Berrettini claimed the final spot in the season ending championships 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.[13]

2020[edit]

At the Australian Open, Berrettini beat Andrew Harris before losing to Tennys Sandgren. After the tour shutdown, he lost to Reilly Opelka in Cincinnati. At the US Open, he lost to Rublev in a rematch of 2019's 4th round.

Playing style[edit]

Berrettini is an aggressive all-court player known for his strong serve and forehand. His primary weapon is his forehand, known for its immense speed, spin and depth. He also possesses a strong serve, capable of reaching up to 230km/h. 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 even been known to serve-and-volley. His aggressive game grounded in huge serves and forehands have led to many comparing him to Fernando Gonzalez and Juan Martin Del Potro.

Despite having a weaker and less consistent backhand wing, Berrettini makes up for it with a strong backhand slice, capable of neutralizing aggression and keeping the ball low, which cause trouble for his opponents and allow for him to set up aggressive forehands. He has good disguise on the dropshot on both wings as well, often following it up by approaching 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 still lead to many winners, but also unforced errors in matches.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Rome to Luca and Claudia Bigo,[14] Matteo Berrettini has a younger brother, Jacopo, also a tennis player. His maternal grandmother Lucia Fogaça is a Brazilian from Rio de Janeiro.[15] His paternal grandfather is from Florence. He is in a relationship with Australian tennis player Ajla Tomljanović.[16]

Performance timelines[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (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.

Singles[edit]

Current through the 2020 French Open.

Tournament 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R 2R 0 / 3 1–3 25%
French Open A 3R 2R 3R 0 / 3 5–3 63%
Wimbledon A 2R 4R NH 0 / 2 4–2 67%
US Open Q2 1R SF 4R 0 / 3 8–3 73%
Win–Loss 0–0 3–4 9–4 6–3 0 / 11 18–11 62%
Year-End championships
ATP Finals DNQ RR 0 / 1 1–2 33%
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A 2R 1R NH 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Miami Open A Q1 1R NH 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Monte-Carlo Masters A A 1R NH 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Madrid Open A Q1 A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Italian Open 1R 2R 3R QF 0 / 4 5–4 56%
Canadian Open A A A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Cincinnati Masters A A 1R 3R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Shanghai Masters A Q2 SF NH 0 / 1 4–1 80%
Paris Masters A A 2R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Win–Loss 0–1 1–2 6–7 3–2 0 / 12 10–12 45%
Career statistics
2017 2018 2019 2020 Career
Tournaments 1 20 20 5 Career total: 46
Titles 0 1 2 0 Career total: 3
Finals 0 1 3 0 Career total: 4
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 19–19 33–19 9–5 3 / 46 61–44 58%
Year-end ranking 135 54 8 $4,742,086

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (3–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (1–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2018 Swiss Open, Switzerland 250 Series Clay Spain Roberto Bautista Agut 7–6(11–9), 6–4
Win 2–0 Apr 2019 Hungarian Open, Hungary 250 Series Clay Serbia Filip Krajinović 4–6, 6–3, 6–1
Loss 2–1 May 2019 Bavarian Championships, Germany 250 Series Clay Chile Cristian Garín 1–6, 6–3, 6–7(1–7)
Win 3–1 June 2019 Stuttgart Open, Germany 250 Series Grass Canada Félix Auger-Aliassime 6–4, 7–6(13–11)

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2018 Swiss Open, Switzerland 250 Series Clay Italy Daniele Bracciali Ukraine Denys Molchanov
Slovakia Igor Zelenay
7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–5)
Win 2–0 Sep 2018 St. Petersburg Open, Russia 250 Series Hard (i) Italy Fabio Fognini Czech Republic Roman Jebavý
Netherlands Matwé Middelkoop
7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–4)
Loss 2–1 Sep 2019 St. Petersburg Open, Russia 250 Series Hard (i) Italy Simone Bolelli India Divij Sharan
Slovakia Igor Zelenay
3–6, 6–3, [8–10]

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals[edit]

Singles: 12 (5 titles, 7 runner–ups)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (3–5)
ITF Futures Tour (2–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–5)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 2015 ITF Antalya, Turkey F36 Futures Hard Croatia Matija Pecotić 7–6(8–6), 6–7(4–7), 2–6
Win 1–1 Oct 2015 ITF Santa Margherita Di Pula, Italy F30 Futures Clay Italy Andrea Basso 4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Loss 1–2 Sep 2016 ITF Reggio Emilia, Italy F28 Futures Clay Italy Stefano Travaglia Walkover
Loss 1–3 Nov 2016 Andria International, Italy Challenger Carpet (i) Italy Luca Vanni 7–5, 0–6, 3–6
Win 2–3 Feb 2017 ITF Oberentfelden, Switzerland F1 Futures Carpet (i) France Laurent Lokoli 6–2, 6–4
Loss 2–4 Mar 2017 Quanzhou Challenger, China Challenger Hard Italy Thomas Fabbiano 6–7(5–7), 6–7(7–9)
Win 3–4 Jul 2017 San Benedetto Cup, Italy Challenger Clay Serbia Laslo Đere 6–3, 6–4
Loss 3–5 Aug 2017 Slovenia Open Portorož, Slovenia Challenger Hard (i) Ukraine Sergiy Stakhovsky 7–6(7–4), 6–7(6–8), 3–6
Loss 3–6 Sep 2017 Istanbul Challenger, Turkey Challenger Hard Tunisia Malek Jaziri 6–7(4–7), 6–0, 5–7
Win 4–6 Feb 2018 Trofeo Faip-Perrel Bergamo, Italy Challenger Hard Italy Stefano Napolitano 6–2, 3–6, 6–2
Loss 4–7 Mar 2018 Irving Classic, USA Challenger Hard Kazakhstan Mikhail Kukushkin 2–6, 6–3, 1–6
Win 5–7 Mar 2019 Arizona Classic Phoenix, USA Challenger Hard Kazakhstan Mikhail Kukushkin 3–6, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–2)

Doubles: 5 (4 titles, 1 runner–up)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (0–0)
ITF Futures Tour (4–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (3–1)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Mar 2015 ITF Antalya, Turkey F12 Futures Hard Italy Filippo Baldi Italy Edoardo Eremin
Italy Lorenzo Sonego
6–7(3–7), 6–2, [10–0]
Loss 1–1 May 2015 ITF Santa Margherita Di Pula, Italy F9 Futures Clay Italy Filippo Baldi Italy Pietro Licciardi
Italy Pietro Rondoni
6–3, 4–6, [7–10]
Win 2–1 Oct 2015 ITF Santa Margherita Di Pula, Italy F30 Futures Clay Italy Andrea Pellegrino Italy Filippo Baldi
Italy Gianluca Naso
Walkover
Win 3–1 Sep 2016 ITF Trieste, Italy F27 Futures Clay Italy Jacopo Stefani Germany Florian Fallert
Germany Tobias Simon
7–6(7–3), 6–3
Win 4–1 Sep 2016 ITF Reggio Emilia, Italy F28 Futures Clay Italy Jacopo Stefani Italy Andrea Pellegrino
Italy Andrea Vavassori
6–3, 7–6(7–5)

Record against top 10 players[edit]

Berrettini's match record against those who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who have been No. 1 in boldface.

* As of 25 September 2020

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

  • He has a 6–8 (42.9%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
Season 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 6 6
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score MBR
2019
1. Germany Alexander Zverev No. 5 Italian Open, Italy Clay 2R 7–5, 7–5 33
2. Russia Karen Khachanov No. 9 Merdeces Cup Stuttgart, Germany Grass 2R 6–4, 6–2 30
3. Russia Karen Khachanov No. 9 Halle Open, Germany Grass QF 6–2, 7–6(7–4) 22
4. Spain Roberto Bautista Agut No. 10 Shanghai Masters, China Hard 3R 7–6(7–5), 6–4 13
5. Austria Dominic Thiem No. 5 Shanghai Masters, China Hard QF 7–6(10–8), 6–4 13
6. Austria Dominic Thiem No. 5 ATP Finals, United Kingdom Hard (i) RR 7–6(7–3), 6–3 8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matteo Berrettini". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  2. ^ ATP Rankings
  3. ^ "Matteo Berrettini - Rankings history". Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  4. ^ "ATP/WTA ROMA - Prequalificazioni: Berrettini e Chiesa nel main draw!". Tennis World Italia (in Italian).
  5. ^ https://www.nextgenatpfinals.com/en/news-and-media/tennis/baldi-quinzi-feature-milan-2017
  6. ^ "ATP Gstaad: Matteo Berrettini downs Bautista Agut to conquer first title". Tennis World USA.
  7. ^ "First-Time Winner Spotlight: Matteo Berrettini". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Berrettini's Serving Feat Second Only To Federer". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Berrettini Asks Federer How Much He Owes For Wimbledon Lesson". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Rising star Matteo Berrettini withdraws late from Montreal Masters". Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Forza Matteo! Berrettini Reaches First Grand Slam QF". Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Berrettini Beats Monfils To Reach First US Open Semi-finals". Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Berrettini Makes History With Thiem Win In London". Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  14. ^ Francesco Giovannetti. "Us Open, la madre di Matteo Berrettini: "Tennista per caso, ora sogno di vederlo diventare numero 1"". La Stampa (in Italian). Retrieved October 3, 2019. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |urlmorto= (help)
  15. ^ Alessia Cruciani. "Matteo Berrettini: "Se me l'avessero detto sei mesi fa non ci avrei creduto"". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved October 3, 2019. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |urlmorto= (help)
  16. ^ "Matteo Berrettini and girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic enjoying shopping in Vienna". tennistonic.com. 25 October 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019.

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