With the success of the Roman, the ATP titles won by Italians rise to 76. There are 6 on the grass, three won by Matteo who now has to pay attention to the ranking …
Thanks to Matteo Berrettini, Italy returns to move on the world stage, reaching 76 ATP titles. The last one was signed, last October in Antwerp, by Jannik Sinner who had overtaken the Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the traditional indoor event at the end of the season.
On the grass
Now let’s go back to winning on grass, a traditionally always stingy surface towards our local players. It is the fifth title on grass out of 76 tournaments won: the first was obtained by Andreas Seppi on June 19, 2011 in Eastbourne against Serbian Janko Tipsarevic who retired with our forward player 7-6 3-6 5-3. The second center on the grass instead bears the signature of Berrettini who on 16 June 2019 won in Stuttgart, beating the Canadian favorite Felix Auger Aliassime for 6-4 7-6 in the final. The third was obtained by Lorenzo Sonego on the unusual grass of Antalya, Turkey, where on 29 June 2019 he overtook the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic by 6-7 7-6 6-1. The last two centers still bear the signature of Berrettini, the strongest Italian player of all time on the grass. The Roman champion won the Queen’s on 20 June 2021 overcoming the British Cameron Norrie and yesterday took the second crown in Stuttgart with the Fab Four Andy Murray.
In the all-time ranking, with 6 centers, Matteo Berrettini reached third place in the ranking Paolo Bertolucci who raised the titles of Florence 1975, 1976 and 1977, Barcelona 1976, Hamburg 1977 and Berlin 1977 to the sky. solo Adriano Panatta and Fabio Fognini, respectively first and second of the Open Era with 10 and 9 titles. The national Adriano won Senigallia in 1971, Bournemouth in 1973, Florence in 1974, Kitzbuhel and Stockholm in 1975, Rome and Roland Garros in 1976, Houston in 1977, Tokyo in 1978 and Florence in 1980. The Ligurian champion instead Stuttgart ( when playing on clay) and Hamburg in 2013, Vina del Mar in 2014, Umag in 2016, Gstaad in 2017, San Paolo, Bastad and Los Cabos in 2018 and finally the ATP 1000 in Monte Carlo in 2019.
In the world rankings Matteo resists in tenth position, but has just 115 points ahead of Cameron Norrie (3,570 against 3,455). Next Monday, however, the blue will have a very heavy bill of 590 points (500 for the victory at the Queen’s in 2021 and 90 for the semifinal of Halle 2019) and therefore the Queen’s will start with a base of just 2,980 points against Hubert Hurkacz’s 3,258 and 3,200 by Cameron Norrie. Matteo defends the victory at Queen’s by facing Daniel Evans in the first round, then he will have Lorenzo Sonego and Murray in the second round, perhaps Denis Shapovalov in the quarterfinals and Cameron Norrie in the semifinals. If Matteo loses to Norrie, he will drop out of the top 10 for the first time after 116 straight weeks. Same goes if Hubert Hurkcaz goes to the final in Halle. But that’s not all: if Matteo does not reach the final, Jannik Sinner will be the 28th number 1 in Italy in the ATP ranking on Monday 20 June. Matteo has been continuously number 1 in Italy since 14 October 2019 when he overtook Fabio Fognini in the world rankings. He has never left the summit since. From 2010 onwards, only Andreas Seppi, Potito Starace, Fabio Fognini, Paolo Lorenzi, Marco Cecchinato and Matteo Berrettini were number 1 in Italy.
June 13 – 11:50 am
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