Matteo Berrettini is gearing as much as tackle Roger Federer on the ATP Finals this afternoon (2pm).
The Italian scraped into the overall spot at London’s O2 Area however were given off to a dreadful get started when he used to be thrashed 6-2, 6-1 by means of Novak Djokovic on Sunday.
His event isn’t set to get any more straightforward when the Italian is going toe-to-toe with Federer as of late sooner than a showdown with Dominic Thiem on Thursday.
Alternatively, Berrettini continues to be star-struck by means of the period of time he has been spending with the most efficient avid gamers on the planet.
“Speaking with Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal about my season, coaching periods, the place I will be able to have my pre-season coaching or vacations is one thing ordinary however makes me more than pleased,” Berrettini mentioned.
“Additionally, closing 12 months I used to be the fellow who got here right here and used to be looking to perceive what used to be taking place whilst this 12 months the opposite more youthful guys will take a look at me, which makes me pleased with my activity.
“I’m attempting to be told up to I will be able to and I will be able to develop without reference to the effects.”
Berrettini has taken on Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic this calendar 12 months and did not win a unmarried set.
And the 23-year-old tried to provide an explanation for why he reveals it so tricky going through the largest legends of the game.
“I believe he used to be returning incredible, probably the most spectacular factor that he did,” Berrettini mentioned after his loss to Djokovic.
“I imply, it’s important to inform me as a result of I used to be within the courtroom, however I used to be feeling that he used to be taking part in truly excellent, shifting truly neatly.
“Yeah, he is like I mentioned for Rafa and Roger, they’re the most efficient 3 ever within the historical past of tennis. So evidently I used to be anticipating, you recognize, to stand, I imply, to have a difficult fit.
“I do not know. I discovered so much from Roger and from Rafa. Needless to say I am going to be told so much from him.
“I do not know. Yeah, used to be difficult to combine, you recognize. We have been taking part in flat, speedy, and he used to be shifting higher than me, used to be taking part in higher than me. So it used to be difficult to win the issues.
“However I believe I performed truly excellent – I imply, no longer truly excellent, however a excellent fit. I am feeling lovely assured, yeah.”