Top seed Novak Djokovic cruised into the quarterfinal at the French Open for the 12th consecutive time following a dramatic five-setter win over Lorenzo Musetti. After that, however, World No.1 from Serbia will lock horns with another Italian, Matteo Berrettini, for a semifinal spot.
Djokovic leads Berrettini 1-0 in their head-to-head series. At the 2019 ATP Finals, Serb defeated Italian in straight sets (6-2, 6-1) in a group stage match.
When asked about his quarterfinal opponent in the post-match press conference, Djokovic said, “Berrettini, another Italian guy. I’m sure you’ll be happy to see that match as well. A big serve, a big forehand. Two big weapons. He’s in the form. He finished last year very strong.”
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Earlier this year in the ATP Cup, Berrettini thrashed US Open champion Dominic Thiem, French Gael Monfils and Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut to help his nation reach the championship match.
Serbian further continued, “He started this year strong as well, beating Dominic Thiem in Australia, playing a really good ATP Cup, reaching the finals of the ATP Cup with Italy.”
“He just has so much firepower in his game, and you wrote “dropshot”, Ubaldo. Yes, his dropshot is also pretty good. He’s very aggressive. With his big serve, he’s got a lot of easier balls in the middle of the court that he can penetrate with the forehand, or he can dropshot,” World No.1 added.
In the clay-court swing, Berrettini captured a title at the Serbia Open and reached the final at the Mutua Madrid Open. The 25-year-old from Rome is ranked 9th position globally.
Djokovic also emphasised, “He’s very good at the net. He’s been a top-ten player for the last couple of years. Right now, in the quarter-finals of a Slam, you need to be at your best in order to have a chance to win.”
No.9 seed Matteo Berrettini sealed his quarterfinal place in Roland Garros for the first time after No.8 seed Roger Federer withdrew in the fourth round.