‘When he’s out there, Rafael Nadal is absolutely…’, says analyst

Matteo Berrettini’s career on grass does not stop. The Italian number one continues to add results on this surface, with only three defeats in 2019: against David Goffin, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Of the 35 victories that he has achieved throughout his career, eight have come this season, maintaining for now the unbeaten streak: from the victory in Stuttgart to the Queen’s final. A healthy dose of confidence for the Italian heading into Wimbledon, where he will be tasked with defending the final he lost last year against former number one Djokovic. Taking into account the results of last year and this season, Matteo Berrettini cannot help but be considered one of the favorites for the final victory in the British Grand Slam tournament. In this edition he will have a particularly difficult climb, since he will not be the seventh seed, like last year. The chances of meeting a top 5 therefore skyrocket: in particular the risk of facing Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal before the final. Therefore, TennisBuzz asked the Italian number ten who he would prefer to face at Wimbledon between the two former world number ones. “It’s a difficult question” – these were the first words of Matteo Berrettini in response to who he would prefer to face between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, explaining the differences between both players on grass, especially on English grass.

Rafa is a 22-time Grand Slam champion

Speaking on a recent podcast, sports journalist Steve Flink said Ruud should learn from Rafael Nadal about being a professional and not letting the admiration of someone come in the way of his goal. “You can’t let your respect and admiration for Rafa, your practice sessions at his structure, and the fact that Rafa is such a revered sportsman and such a great guy get in your way. Look at Rafa. He’s ruthless on the court. He’s extremely likable and so humble but when he’s out there, there’s absolutely no nonsense and that’s really what Ruud needs to learn from him,” Flink said. According to the journalist, the 23-year-old put himself under huge pressure by saying that he needed to play his best match against Rafael Nadal. “I wouldn’t have expected 11 games in a row. I think Ruud could have done a little better than that. He sort of gave it away before the match when he said he had to play his best match and that he had to play better than he has ever played before. He put a lot of pressure on himsel. Nadal had to have a very bad day to lose that match, said Flink.