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Matteo Berrettini: ‘It’s nice for tennis that it’s not all Federer, Nadal and Djokovic winning big titles’

Matteo Berrettini believes players other than Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic winning big titles is “a nice thing for tennis.”

The most recent ATP Masters 1000 tournaments in Miami and Monte Carlo were both won by first time champions at that level – Hubert Hurkacz and Stefanos Tsitsipas respectively.

World No. 10 Berrettini is playing at the Serbia Open ATP 250 event this week – where he is seeded second. The 25-year-old will play Marco Cecchinato in his first match.

“I think that it’s a nice thing for tennis that it’s not all the Big Three. Even though the Slams are still a little bit [harder to win]. But I think something’s going to change, even in the Slams,” said Berrettini in a pre-tournament interview.

“I think eventually it’s going to happen. Not just because of the age [of the Big Three], but because of experience, because these young guys are really good. It’s something that helps me to get better too.

“I know the work that I have to do, to get to the same level as these guys. They proved already that they can play at a really high level and now there are more players, they are more experienced.

“I am really happy to be here (in Belgrade) because I am healthy. I played in Monte Carlo. I have never been to Belgrade or Serbia and it looks like a great environment.”

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