A simply stunning performance on grass. Whether in difficult physical conditions or in great shape, Matteo Berrettini always manages to make a difference on “his” surface, definitely his favorite due to the results he has been getting since 2019. The Italian is confirming himself as the strongest and without a doubt one of the best in the general standings as he enters this central phase of the season, collecting victories, wins and more. The 26-year-old Roman has sold out in Stuttgart, a tournament in which he remains undefeated as he has won on both occasions in which he has participated, and will try to do the same at Queen’s, where he already won the title last year. The almost painless victory obtained in the semi-finals against the Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp is truly historic for the Italian, who has updated all his extraordinary numbers: it is, in fact, the ninth consecutive victory in the Turf Championships and the nineteenth success in the last twenty games played on grass (only the loss in the final act of Wimbledon). Sunday, against Filip Krajinovic, was his 10th career final for “The Hammer”, who has a record of six wins and three disappointments. Among the multiple Italian finalists (more than 10), he is the only one with a positive record so far, better even than Adriano Panatta (26 decisive matches, but 10-16 as statistics), Fabio Fognini (9-10), Corrado Barazzutti (5-8) and Paolo Bertolucci (tied, 6-6). In a special classification, which takes into account the players who have managed to win four consecutive finals on grass, Berrettini has equaled tennis players of the stature of the Serbian Novak Djokovic, the British Andy Murray and Roger Federer, still active: the Swiss is the undisputed king of this classification, since he has extended the streak to 13 (the period goes from Halle 2003 to Wimbledon 2009). Expanding the range, the Americans Andy Roddick, fixed at 4 like the others, and Pete Sampras (5) are also on the list. Thus, to match the performance of the American, the Italian would have to reach the Wimbledon final again (and that would be a new and resounding achievement, which of course the athlete hopes to achieve together with his team).
Davydenko talks about King Roger
In an interview with CLAY, Davydenko believes that Roger Federer’s impending return to action at the Swiss Indoors this year will be his final act on the tennis court. “I think he is playing in Basel to finish his carrer there. That’s my opinion,” Davydenko said. “Federer was my toughest opponent. Why? Because his forehand was extremely fast and his serve was very accurate, I could not gain any sort of control against him,” Davydenko said.