Matteo Berrettini (Italian pronunciation: [matˈtɛːo berretˈtiːni]; born 12 April 1996) is an Italian tennis player. 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.
Berrettini at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships
|Born||12 April 1996|
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||62–43 (59.0% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 8 (4 November 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 8 (4 November 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2018, 2019)|
|French Open||3R (2018)|
|US Open||SF (2019)|
|Tour Finals||RR (2019)|
|Career record||15–13 (53.6% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 105 (22 July 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 205 (11 November 2019)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2019)|
|French Open||2R (2019)|
|US Open||2R (2018)|
|Last updated on: 14 November 2019.|
- 1 Tennis career
- 2 Playing Style
- 3 Personal life
- 4 ATP career finals
- 5 ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals
- 6 Performance timelines
- 7 Record against top 10 players
- 8 Wins over top 10 players
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
2017: ATP main draw debutEdit
Berrettini made his ATP main draw debut at the Italian Open after earning a wildcard in the pre-qualifying wildcard tournament. 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.
2018: First ATP titleEdit
At the Swiss Open Gstaad, Berrettini won his first ATP title, defeating Roberto Bautista Agut in the final. He also won his first ATP doubles title at the same event, partnering Daniele Bracciali.
2019: Two more titles, Major semifinal, Top 10 debutEdit
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). 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?"
Berrettini withdrew from his next two events in Gstaad and Montreal, citing an ankle injury. 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. 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. 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.
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.
Born in Rome to Luca and Claudia Bigo, Matteo Berrettini has a younger brother, Jacopo, also a tennis player. His maternal grandmother Lucia Fogaça is a Brazilian from Rio de Janeiro. His paternal grandfather is from Florence. He is in a relationship with Australian tennis player Ajla Tomljanović.
ATP career finalsEdit
Singles: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit
|Win||1–0||Jul 2018||Swiss Open, Switzerland||250 Series||Clay||Roberto Bautista Agut||7–6(11–9), 6–4|
|Win||2–0||Apr 2019||Hungarian Open, Hungary||250 Series||Clay||Filip Krajinović||4–6, 6–3, 6–1|
|Loss||2–1||May 2019||Bavarian Championships, Germany||250 Series||Clay||Cristian Garín||1–6, 6–3, 6–7(1–7)|
|Win||3–1||June 2019||Stuttgart Open, Germany||250 Series||Grass||Félix Auger-Aliassime||6–4, 7–6(13–11)|
Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit
|Win||1–0||Jul 2018||Swiss Open, Switzerland||250 Series||Clay||Daniele Bracciali|| Denys Molchanov
|Win||2–0||Sep 2018||St. Petersburg Open, Russia||250 Series||Hard (i)||Fabio Fognini|| Roman Jebavý
|Loss||2–1||Sep 2019||St. Petersburg Open, Russia||250 Series||Hard (i)||Simone Bolelli|| Divij Sharan
|3–6, 6–3, [8–10]|
ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit
Singles: 12 (5 titles, 7 runner–ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Sep 2015||Turkey F36, Antalya||Futures||Hard||Matija Pecotić||7–6(8–6), 6–7(4–7), 2–6|
|Win||1–1||Oct 2015||Italy F30, Santa Margherita Di Pula||Futures||Clay||Andrea Basso||4–6, 6–3, 6–3|
|Loss||1–2||Sep 2016||Italy F28, Reggio Emilia||Futures||Clay||Stefano Travaglia||Walkover|
|Loss||1–3||Nov 2016||Andria, Italy||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Luca Vanni||7–5, 0–6, 3–6|
|Win||2–3||Feb 2017||Switzerland F1, Oberentfelden||Futures||Carpet (i)||Laurent Lokoli||6–2, 6–4|
|Loss||2–4||Mar 2017||Quanzhou, China||Challenger||Hard||Thomas Fabbiano||6–7(5–7), 6–7(7–9)|
|Win||3–4||Jul 2017||San Benedetto, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Laslo Đere||6–3, 6–4|
|Loss||3–5||Aug 2017||Portorož, Slovenia||Challenger||Hard (i)||Sergiy Stakhovsky||7–6(7–4), 6–7(6–8), 3–6|
|Loss||3–6||Sep 2017||Istanbul, Turkey||Challenger||Hard||Malek Jaziri||6–7(4–7), 6–0, 5–7|
|Win||4–6||Feb 2018||Bergamo, Italy||Challenger||Hard||Stefano Napolitano||6–2, 3–6, 6–2|
|Loss||4–7||Mar 2018||Irving, USA||Challenger||Hard||Mikhail Kukushkin||2–6, 6–3, 1–6|
|Win||5–7||Mar 2019||Phoenix, USA||Challenger||Hard||Mikhail Kukushkin||3–6, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–2)|
Doubles: 5 (4 titles, 1 runner–up)Edit
|Win||1–0||Mar 2015||Turkey F12, Antalya||Futures||Hard||Filippo Baldi|| Edoardo Eremin
|6–7(3–7), 6–2, [10–0]|
|Loss||1–1||May 2015||Italy F9, Santa Margherita Di Pula||Futures||Clay||Filippo Baldi|| Pietro Licciardi
|6–3, 4–6, [7–10]|
|Win||2–1||Oct 2015||Italy F30, Santa Margherita Di Pula||Futures||Clay||Andrea Pellegrino|| Filippo Baldi
|Win||3–1||Sep 2016||Italy F27, Trieste||Futures||Clay||Jacopo Stefani|| Florian Fallert
|Win||4–1||Sep 2016||Italy F28, Reggio Emilia||Futures||Clay||Jacopo Stefani|| Andrea Pellegrino
Current through the 2019 ATP Finals.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||1R||1R||0 / 2||0–2||0%|
|French Open||A||3R||2R||0 / 2||3–2||60%|
|Wimbledon||A||2R||4R||0 / 2||4–2||67%|
|US Open||Q2||1R||SF||0 / 2||5–2||71%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||3–4||9–4||0 / 8||12–8||60%|
|ATP Finals||DNQ||RR||0 / 1||1–2||33%|
|ATP Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||2R||1R||0 / 2||0–2||0%|
|Miami Open||A||Q1||1R||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Monte-Carlo Masters||A||A||1R||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Madrid Open||A||Q1||A||0 / 0||0–0||0%|
|Italian Open||1R||2R||3R||0 / 3||3–3||50%|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0||0%|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||1R||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Shanghai Masters||A||A||SF||0 / 1||4–1||80%|
|Paris Masters||A||A||2R||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Win–Loss||0–1||1–2||6–7||0 / 10||7–10||41%|
|Titles / Finals||0 / 0||1 / 1||2 / 3||3 / 4|
|Overall Win–Loss||0–1||19–19||43–23||3 / 45||62–43||59%|
Record against top 10 playersEdit
Berrettini's match record against those who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who have been No. 1 in boldface.
- Karen Khachanov: 3–0
- Roberto Bautista Agut 3–1
- Dominic Thiem: 2–2
- Marcos Baghdatis 1–0
- Richard Gasquet 1–0
- Ernests Gulbis: 1–0
- Gael Monfils 1–0
- Lucas Pouille 1–0
- Jack Sock: 1–0
- Fernando Verdasco: 1–0
- Grigor Dimitrov 1–1
- Gilles Simon 1–1
- Alexander Zverev: 1–2
- David Ferrer 0–1
- Fabio Fognini: 0–1
- David Goffin: 0–1
- Daniil Medvedev 0–1
- Novak Djokovic 0–1
- Andy Murray 0–1
- Rafael Nadal 0–1
- Stefanos Tsitsipas: 0–1
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 0–1
- Roger Federer 0–2
- *Statistics correct as of 14 November 2019
Wins over top 10 playersEdit
- He has a 6–8 (42,9%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
|1.||Alexander Zverev||5||Rome, Italy||Clay||2R||7–5, 7–5||33|
|2.||Karen Khachanov||9||Stuttgart, Germany||Grass||2R||6–4, 6–2||30|
|3.||Karen Khachanov||9||Halle, Germany||Grass||QF||6–2, 7–6(7–4)||22|
|4.||Roberto Bautista Agut||10||Shanghai, China||Hard||3R||7–6(7–5), 6–4||13|
|5.||Dominic Thiem||5||Shanghai, China||Hard||QF||7–6(10–8), 6–4||13|
|6.||Dominic Thiem||5||ATP Finals, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||RR||7–6(7–3), 6–3||8|
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- ATP Rankings
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- "ATP/WTA ROMA - Prequalificazioni: Berrettini e Chiesa nel main draw!". Tennis World Italia (in Italian).
- "ATP Gstaad: Matteo Berrettini downs Bautista Agut to conquer first title". Tennis World USA.
- "First-Time Winner Spotlight: Matteo Berrettini". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
- "Berrettini's Serving Feat Second Only To Federer". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
- "Berrettini Asks Federer How Much He Owes For Wimbledon Lesson". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
- "Rising star Matteo Berrettini withdraws late from Montreal Masters". Retrieved 2 September 2019.
- "Forza Matteo! Berrettini Reaches First Grand Slam QF". Retrieved 2 September 2019.
- "Berrettini Beats Monfils To Reach First US Open Semi-finals". Retrieved 4 September 2019.
- "Berrettini Makes History With Thiem Win In London". Retrieved 15 November 2019.
- 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.
- 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.
- "Matteo Berrettini and girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic enjoying shopping in Vienna". tennistonic.com. 25 October 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019.