Italian IOC chairman: “Berrettini lost only against Djokovic on grass in 2 years”

There are two injuries that prevented Matteo Berrettini from competing continuously in the first part of the season. The Italian player started 2022 by winning a prestigious semi-final at the Australian Open and lost only to Rafael Nadal, who would later win the tournament and take his 21st major.

After playing the tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Berrettini was hit by the usual abdominal problem during the first round match with Tommy Paul in Acapulco. A problem that forced him into the pits for almost a month.

Returning to the Indian Wells Masters 1000, he stopped before the start of the Miami Open. This time, it was the right hand that caused concern and prompted Berrettini to undergo a small operation.

Giovanni Malagò praises Berrettini after Stuttgart

The Italian has skipped all season on clay in order not to affect the times and in Stuttgart he experienced one of the best moments of his career.

The Italian number one in fact raised the sixth trophy in his career to the sky and won for the second time on the Boss Open lawns. Italian IOC president Giovanni Malagò called Berrettini after the success obtained in Stuttgart and, on the sidelines of the 13th degree award Artemio Franchi revealed:

“I spoke to Matteo Berrettini after the final in Stuttgart, he was really good, it doesn’t seem to me to nothing trivial to go back to winning immediately after three months of injury. Matteo has shown that, in addition to being very strong, he is also very good with his head.

In the third set when he returned to the field he was on the spot. Objectively on the grass he lost only one game in the two-year period 2021-2022. He won the Queen’s, he lost in the final at Wimbledon against Novak Djokovic and he came back like this in Stuttgart: it’s not trivial.

Wimbledon without Russian tennis players? That is a story between the organizing committee of Wimbledon and the ATP / WTA. There are interpretations and interpretations of these things. I have no opinion on the matter.”