Announced forfeit for the final stages of the Davis Cup due to an injury, Matteo Berrettini was lined up to everyone’s surprise by the Italian captain Filippo Volandri for the decisive double against Canada on Saturday, in the semi-finals. After his defeat with Fabio Fognini against Auger‐Aliassime and Pospisil, on the 16e world player explained this surprising choice.
“It was a complicated year. Many positive things but unfortunately many difficult times, sometimes bad luck; in my opinion, given the difficulties, it is not a bad year, with all that has happened. I really tried to think positively, it was mentally difficult. I tried, I worked hard, I didn’t regret playing. This Saturday, the team felt that was the best solution. Even though it was difficult, I am proud. We must not hide, I know that I can play much better than that; what Filippo asked of me was to put my heart into it and give what I had; obviously, I have already felt better during my career, but in the Davis Cup, you have to give everything. Despite everything, we came very close, but we are laying a good foundation for the future and I am sure that Fabio will be with us for years to come. »
Published on Sunday November 27, 2022 at 08:44