04:36 PM GMT June 02, 2021
“Turin has made great improvements in the past few years and the city is really nice,” Berrettini told ATPTour.com. “It’s great to have the Nitto ATP Finals in Italy, and the region. The food is really good and there are many passionate fans, who will come to support not only Italians, but other ATP Tour stars.”
The 25-year-old Italian is firmly in contention for one of the eight automatic qualification spots. Berrettini currently sits in ninth position in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin, just 15 points behind Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, the Miami Open presented by Itau champion, who has 1,460 points.
“Italy has so many tournaments, such as the Next Gen ATP Finals [in Milan], the Internazionali BNL d'Italia [in Rome], the Sardegna Open [in Cagliari] and the Parma event [the Emilia-Romagna Open],” said Berrettini. “It’s great that such a prestigious event will be held in Italy, at a time when so many players are in the Top 100. I’m sure that it will help to increase participation in the country.”
|1. Stefanos Tsitsipas||3,360|
|2. Novak Djokovic||3,170|
|3. Andrey Rublev||2,760|
|4. Alexander Zverev||2,250|
|5. Daniil Medvedev||2,230|
|6. Rafael Nadal||2,220|
|7. Aslan Karatsev||1,685|
|8. Hubert Hurkacz||1,460|
|9. Matteo Berrettini||1,445|
|10. Jannik Sinner||1,375|
Berrettini, who missed two months of the 2021 season due to a hernia/groin injury, returned in April and soon captured his fourth ATP Tour title at the Serbia Open (d. Karatsev) and went on to make a first ATP Masters 1000 final appearance at the Mutua Madrid Open (l. to Zverev).
He leads 10 Italians in the Top 100 of the FedEx ATP Rankings. Jannik Sinner, who captured his second ATP Tour crown at the Great Ocean Road Open (d. Travaglia) in February, is in 11th position in the 2021 year-to-date standings on 1,330 points, only 130 points adrift of eight-placed Hurkacz.
Berrettini went 1-2 in round-robin play on his Nitto ATP Finals debut in 2019, and served as an alternate in the final staging of the tournament in London last year.
“Playing at the [Nitto ATP] Finals is a reward for having a consistent year,” said Berrettini. “You’re among the best players in the world, in a very unique and special setting. Winning the Belgrade title so soon after my comeback, and following it up by reaching the Madrid final, was a real confidence boast. My level is there and I hope to continue to improve and fight for a place in Turin, which, as an Italian, will be extremely special to be a part of.”