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‘Numbers say Novak Djokovic is probably already the greatest’, says Matteo Berrettini

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Matteo Berrettini believes the numbers already suggest that Novak Djokovic is the greatest men’s player ever, while saying he has “little interest” in records.

The world number eight also revealed he received some praise and advice from seven-time major singles champion John McEnroe ahead of the 2021 US Open.

Berrettini is playing in just his second tournament since reaching the Wimbledon final at Flushing Meadows, after returning from injury at the Cincinnati Masters.

The Italian is in second round action against Corentin Moutet in New York today, after he defeated Jeremy Chardy in the opening round.

“The numbers say [Djokovic] probably already is [the greatest]. But beyond the records, which are of little interest to me, there are emotions. Certainly ‘Nole’ is up there among the great ones,” Berrettini told Corriere Della Sera.

“I have never hidden that I cheered for [Roger] Federer: I did it as a kid, I do it today. But the beauty of Djokovic, Federer and [Rafael] Nadal is that they are very different, they have enormous qualities among which it is difficult to choose.

“It is obvious that we are witnessing Roger’s sunset due to age limits, but let’s enjoy these three extraordinary champions while they are there.”

Berrettini added on his recent encounter with McEnroe at the American legend’s academy: “I trained with Jannik Sinner at his academy on a rainy day.

“John was kind: ‘In London you were inside the bubble and I couldn’t get close’ – he told me – ‘But you were good and watch out, because from now on no one will give you anything.’ Good to know.”

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