Matteo Berrettini just keeps putting in good work on the ATP Tour.
He didn’t beat Dominic Thiem in Vienna on Saturday, losing in an ATP 500 semifinal. However, he gave Thiem a good run in what was a true road match. Having beaten Thiem in Shanghai, it would have been easy for Berrettini to be complacent or satisfied and not deliver a focused performance on Saturday.
Yes, he is chasing a spot in London. However, the Bercy (Paris) Masters are where Berrettini really has to deliver the goods. Berrettini already knew his closest pursuer for London, Roberto Bautista-Agut, had lost in Basel (on Friday to Reilly Opelka). There was certainly an argument to make that Berrettini didn’t have to go all-out against Thiem.
Yet, he did… and he almost won.
Berrettini simply refuses to fall into a rut young players often encounter after making the kind of breakthrough the Italian attained at the U.S. Open, when he made the semifinals and gave Rafael Nadal a very tough first set.
Berrettini did well in Shanghai, reaching a Masters semi. He has done well in Vienna. He is so close to making his first ATP Finals and stamping himself as a player to watch in 2020. He already IS, but making the ATP Finals would confer more legitimacy on Berrettini.
Leaving Vienna, we have to confront this basic reality: If Daniil Medvedev wasn’t lighting up the ATP Tour to the extent that he is, a lot more of us would be discussing Berrettini. Medvedev has necessarily occupied so much of the conversation among players under 25 years old.
Berrettini might be deriving a benefit from living in Medvedev’s shadow. That said, Berrettini would love to be the man who casts the shadows over Medvedev in 2020, instead of living in them.
Follow @saqiba’s Tennis With An Accent Podcast. Listen to Saqib Ali’s show at our five main outlets:
RedCircle is here.
Stitcher is here.
Google Podcasts is here.
Radio Public is here.
Apple Podcasts is here — subscribe, rate and review.
It takes just five minutes and helps our placement on search pages, which gives us a better chance of being noticed by advertisers who might sponsor our podcast and help us remain in business on a long-term basis.
We will be here covering tennis in 2020, but our long-term future depends on a long-term sponsorship which will provide a long-term revenue source.
If you want to support Tennis With An Accent in the short term, in appreciation for the year-round writing and podcasting produced by this site, go here.
- WTA Tour1 week ago
Another awful unforced error in tennis scheduling
- WTA Tour7 days ago
Sabalenka defeats two opponents in complicated Madrid WTA final
- ATP Tour1 week ago
Matt Zemek used sloppy thinking and was exposed (but he still has a point)
- ATP Tour6 days ago
The Zverev verve versus the Zverev nerve