Matteo Berrettini talks greatness of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal e Novak Djokovic

Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini probably doesn’t have a Grand Slam or Masters title only because he is playing in the same era as the Big Three but he has no problems with it. 

Berrettini has had a chance to meet each member of the Big Three and he hasn’t had much success against them. 

Against Federer, Berrettini has a 0-2 record.

Versus Nadal, Berrettini also has zero wins and two losses. 

Berrettini also doesn’t have a win over Djokovic as the Serb won each of their four meetings. 

Berrettini made his maiden Grand Slam final at Wimbledon last year, before losing to Djokovic. 

“I feel lucky to be a part of it,” Berrettini told Corriere dello Sport, per Sportskeeda. “Twenty years of domination by Djokovic, Federer and Nadal means knowing how to manage tension, manage talent, face opponents of various ages, myself among them. Before, I experienced them as a fan, on TV; now I challenge them on the court. I lost the last Wimbledon final with Djokovic, the last Grand Slam semifinal with Nadal.”

Berrettini: The Big Three are still here and tough opponents

“Confronting these names in 2022 is still the highest challenge in tennis,” Berrettini added. “The top 10 may have a little more, but the average level of the game has grown a lot: no match is decided before and no result is taken for granted. And young people are not watching: Alcaraz, Sinner, they are coming strong, we will have to do more and more to beat them. But I consider myself lucky: I am living one of the best ages of tennis and I will carry it inside me forever.” 

Meanwhile, Berrettini has been sidelined for the past two months after undergoing a hand surgery. 

There is a chance Berrettini decides to skip the French Open and return during the grass season.