Italian world No. 7 Matteo Berrettini admits he is feeling the pressure to deliver at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin.
“I feel the pressure, but it’s a good pressure. It’s so nice to be here,” Berrettini said, per the ATP Finals website. “I know that the crowd is going to be on my side, and I really cannot wait to step on the court.”
Berrettini will be fighting against Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Hubert Hurkacz in the group stage.
“Obviously on the other side of the net there are going to be the best players in the world, so it’s not going to be easy. But I am one of them, so that helps,” Berrettini said. “I think it’s special. I think that the atmosphere is going to be special. The site and everything, how it’s organised is really nice. I think Italy deserved such an event. Hopefully it’s going to be also good on court.”
Berrettini thrilled to have the ATP Finals staged in Turin
“It means a lot. I think it’s one of the best events that we have on Tour and to have the chance to have it in my home country is something unbelievable,” Berrettini said. “At the beginning of the year, it obviously was a big goal, but it was too soon to even think about it. And then match by match, I think I earned it and I’m really happy to be here.”
World No. 10 Jannik Sinner fell just short of clinching a spot at the ATP Finals.
“I think the more Italians there are on Tour, the better it is for everyone. For the crowd, for the fans and for us,” Berrettini said. “Between me and Jannik, there is a really good relationship. We push each other to get better and he’s five years younger, I’m sure he’s going to qualify in the next years.
“But he had an incredible year, so it was really a few points a way, but I think this experience this year is going to help him in the next years.”