One more step towards the encore. Matteo Berrettini’s march towards a second consecutive title at Queen’s continues apace, in pursuit of a feat only achieved in history by a small elite of tennis players, all Grand Slam winners. The Roman tennis player won again, and this time he did it by dominating the American Tommy Paul. The “Hammer” suffers only at the beginning of the match, but then raises his level, takes advantage of a rather bad day with his opponent’s forehand, and wins in an hour and a quarter with a score of 6-4 and 6-2. In the semifinals, the obstacle that awaits him is Botic Van De Zandschulp, who eliminated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina without too many problems. In the interview at the foot of the court, Berrettini was much more satisfied than yesterday and said that he was confident of reaching the end of the tournament. The Italian tennis player began joking with the interviewer, congratulating him on his shirt. Berrettini then commented on the match against Paul. “I’m very happy. I didn’t start the way I wanted but I knew I was going to recover the break. Today was difficult because it was very hot. The more I played, the more confidence I felt”, answered the Italian. Berrettini then revealed that his recovery from the hand injury that forced him to undergo surgery and the rapid rehabilitation were thanks to his staff, whom he promptly thanked. “I have recovered thanks to my physiotherapists, my doctor and the love of my family, who have helped me a lot. Then it was very difficult for me to return to grass, especially here,” said the current number 10 in the world. The American firmly believes Novak Djokovic deserves a lot more respect from the fans.
McEnroe praises Nole Djokovic
Speaking to SportKlub, John McEnroe voiced his displeasure at the crowd’s hostility towards Novak Djokovic. “No other player had to face great difficulties. It’s not fair, hey, I have to say,” McEnroe said. “This guy has found a way out of difficult situations more than any other player in the history of tennis. And if you think he doesn’t mind, you’re crazy. He’s so mentally strong that he can handle it and somehow direct his anger and frustration at what he sees as a lack of respect, and I feel that too,” he added. The seven-time Major champion also called the Serb a “remarkable player and person.” “He does it better than anyone I’ve ever seen,” McEnroe said. “I didn’t do it as well. I felt like it affected me more than it helped me. I think there were times where it fuelled me, but he has done it consistently. He’s a remarkable player and person.”