“Have we found Matteo Berrettini again? In my opinion we have never lost him, he has only had moments of difficulty”. Berrettini’s coach, Vincenzo Santopadre, said this to Adnkronos the day after the defeat in the round of 16 of Wimbledon 2023 against Carlos Alcaraz. Berrettini stood up to the Spaniard, number 1 in the world, playing an excellent match and giving up after 4 hard-fought sets. “Matteo did an excellent tournament, you have to be happy. It came from a difficult time and playing a Grand Slam when you lack games on your legs is tough but he behaved very well: we didn’t expect it, we have to be happy”, says Santopadre . The Roman has resumed playing at Wimbledon after a long stop due to physical problems which conditioned the first phase of the season.
Now, continues Santopadre, “we must continue to work with tenacity and constancy. I think he ‘overstepped’ the problematic moment. physically his performance was absolutely up to par. If he lost it is not due to a physical drop: and his head is together, he regained his confidence, because when you haven’t played for a long time, the uncertainty of how you will go is even greater”.