Two injuries have prevented Matteo Berrettini from competing continuously in the first part of the season. The Italian tennis player began the year 2022 by winning a prestigious semifinal at the Australian Open and losing only to Rafael Nadal, who would later win the tournament and take his 21st Grand Slam. After playing the tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Berrettini was affected by the usual abdominal problem during the first round match with Tommy Paul in Acapulco. A problem that forced him to be out for almost a month. Back at the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells, he stopped before the start of the Miami Open. This time, it was his right hand that caused concern and prompted Berrettini to undergo a minor operation. The Italian has skipped the entire season on clay in order not to affect the times and in Stuttgart he experienced one of the best moments of his career. In fact, the Italian number one raised to the sky the sixth trophy of his career and won for the second time on the lawn of the Open del Boss. The president of the Italian IOC, Giovanni Malagò, called Berrettini after the success obtained in Stuttgart and, on the sidelines of the delivery of the 13th Artemio Franchi title, revealed: “I spoke with Matteo Berrettini after the final in Stuttgart, he was really good, not It seems to me nothing trivial to win again 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 came back on the court, he was in the spotlight. Objectively on grass he has only lost one game in the 2021-2022 biennium. He won at Queen’s, lost in the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic and came back like this in Stuttgart.” “Wimbledon without Russian tennis players? “That’s a story between the Wimbledon organizing committee and the ATP/WTA.
Vlahovic praises Nole Djokovic
With his rigorous journey and explicit mental strength, 20-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic has swept millions of fans, as well as athletes, off their feet in the last decade and a half. “Michael Jordan, I like his mentality. And Novak Djokovic. He’s from Serbia and he’s definitely number one so I have always admired him. He’s a great champion. I want to find out more about how he has done certain things. He is so good for mental strength: how he deals with certain problems and how he can play seven matches in a row and overcome seven obstacles to win a Grand Slam,” Vlahovic said.