‘I’m destroyed’ – Matteo Berrettini confirms end of his ATP Finals
Matteo Berrettini gave home fans hope in taking to training today in Turin, but has now confirmed the end of his 2021 ATP Finals journey.
The Italian talent suffered a match-ending injury against Alexander Zverev in his first round robin match.
After delaying his decision on whether to continue at the ATP Finals, Berrettini has now withdrawn after failing to recover.
He will be replaced by fellow Italian and first alternate Jannik Sinner in the match against Hubert Hurkacz today.
“I thought, thought, cried and finally decided,” he said on Instagram. “My finals end here, I’m destroyed.”
Berrettini was making his return to the ATP Finals after missing out on the 2020 event following his debut in 2019.
He was immensely excited to play for his home fans in Italy at the first ATP Finals to be staged in Turin, the new venue for the event up until at least 2025.
But the injury sustained in his match with Zverev was an unwelcome reminder of an earlier obstacle for Berrettini in 2021.
The world number seven had a similar injury in his abdominal area at the Australian Open in February, sidelining him for two months.
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Since then, Berrettini has reached a maiden Masters 1000 final in Madrid and a maiden Slam final at Wimbledon.
He reached at least the quarter-finals of Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open, only losing to Novak Djokovic on each occasion.
In addition, titles in Belgrade (ATP 250 level) and at Queen’s (ATP 500 level) helped the Italian qualify for Turin.
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