Berrettini has high hopes for ATP Finals

Berrettini has great expectations for ATP Finals in Turin

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Matteo Berrettini is Italy’s sole representative in the ATP finals in Turin. The world number seven said he has “great expectations” from a tournament played on home ground. He knows the crowd will be with him.

Rome-born Berrettini, 25, said getting to the Wimbledon final against world number one Novak Djokovic had been “a party”. But “here (in Turin) I have great expectations. It will be a different Berrettini, who will also be able to count on the support of the crowd”.

He added: “It will become special here under the Mole (iconic city landmark) too. It’s all organised brilliantly, the city is beautiful and I feel good here”.

Berrettini avoids Djokovic in group draw

Berrettini managed to avoid Djokovic in the draw for the two ATP Finals groups. Instead, he faces world number two Daniil Medvedev of Russia, who beat Djokovic in the US Open final recently, world number three Alexander Zverev of Germany, and number nine Hubert Hurkacz of Poland.

 He had one adjective for his three opponents saying “Zverev is solid, Hurkacz unpredictable and Medvedev made of rubber”.

Zverev is up first for Berrettini in the Red Group on Monday.

Favourite for tournament is Djokovic

Djokovic leads the Green Group with world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, number five Andrey Rublev of Russia, and number eight Casper Ruud of Norway.

Djokovic goes into the tournament as favourite. He recently beat Medvedev on the ATP tour. However, he is mindful of the way the Russian demolished him in winning his first slam title at the US Open in September.

That defeat thwarted the Serb great’s quest to become the second player after Rod Laver to complete a year’s Grand Slam and to move past Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal on 21 major titles.

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