Matteo Berrettini's England campaign could not start as badly. Excited as a schoolboy, tense as against Roger Federer on the central stage in Wimbledon, the freshman immediately pays pledge to the University of tennis, losing in two fast sets to that Novak Djokovic who dreams of winning the ATP Finals to take back the throne on which you just sitting the limping Rafa Nadal.
A red-hot debut at the O2 Arena, a one-way match, dominated by the former No. 1 in the world, which is enough to limit yourself to small cabotage because it is all Matteo: free mistakes, a smash in the feet, the arm that trembles a little too much on the most important stage against an opponent never faced before, because there is still a lot of unexplored on the tennis planet for the blue that brought Italy back to the Master 41 years later Corrado Barazzutti (sitting in his corner).
Betrayed by his best weapons, the service and the forehand, Berrettini surrenders in two sets (6-2, 6-1, avoiding the coat in the second set with a break courtesy of Djoker momentarily distracted) while the Australian girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic loses the Fed Cup with France in Perth and the coveted ATP Finals immediately go up a dizzying climb, waiting for the challenges with Federer and Thiem, the opponents of the iron round in which he was drawn. It would have been preferable to have a softer opponent (but are there, here in London?), A softer debut, a different group, maybe the one with Nadal recovering from the Paris injury. But this is the tennis to which Berrettini got used to and has accustomed us to number 8 in the world. The long run-up, the wind in your face, the highest bar. That not even 196 centimeters in height and all the good will managed to jump.
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