Matteo Berrettini is an Italian professional tennis player who quickly broke into the ATP Top 10 rankings and has enjoyed relative success on the ATP Tour.
Name: Matteo Berrettini
Born: April 12, 1996
Turned Pro: 2015
Matteo Berrettini was born in Rome, Italy to Luca and Claudia Bigo. He began playing tennis at the age of four, although he also competed in football and judo as a child. When he was eight, his younger brother asked him to play more tennis and that inspired him to pursue a career in tennis. He quickly showed great potential and soon began playing ITF Futures events.
Berrettini made his ATP main draw debut at the 2017 Italian Open, losing to compatriot Fabio Fognini in the first round. He would win an ITF Futures title at Oberentfelden, and reach an ATP Challengers final at Quanzhou (l. to Fabbiano). The following year, he would earn his first ATP Tour-level match win at Doha, defeating Victor Troicki in the first round before losing to Peter Gojowczyk. He would reach the third round of Roland Garros, losing to Dominic Thiem.
After a second round showing at Wimbledon, Berrettini won his maiden ATP singles title at the 2018 Swiss Open Gstaad, defeating Roberto Bautista Agut in the final. He also won the doubles title at the same event, partnering with Daniele Bracciali. He achieved a career-high ranking of World No.52 in October and finished the season with a 19-19 record. He would win a second ATP doubles title at St. Petersburg, teaming with Fognini.
Berrettini would experience the best season of his career in 2019, winning the Hungarian Open (d. Krajinovic). He followed this with a strong showing at the Bavarian International Tennis Championships, where he finished runner-up to Cristian Garin. He would upset Alexander Zverev at the Rome Masters to record his first win against a Top 5 player.
The Italian would win his third career ATP title at Stuttgart, defeating Félix Auger-Aliassime in the final. The following week, Berrettini reached his first ATP 500 semifinal at the Halle Open where he was defeated by David Goffin. This strong performance saw him break into the Top 20, and he continued his solid grasscourt season at Wimbledon. He would reach the fourth round, losing to eight-time champion Roger Federer in straight sets.
Berrettini had his best result at a Grand Slam at the 2019 US Open, reaching the semifinals after a five-set marathon victory over Frenchman Gael Monfils. However, he would lose to Rafael Nadal in straight sets to cap off an amazing run. The Italian would go on to reach his first ATP Masters semifinal at the Shanghai Masters (l. to Zverev) and another semifinal at the Erste Bank Open (l. to Thiem). This was enough to secure him qualification at the season-ending ATP Finals, as he broke into the Top 10. He would lose his two opening group stage matches to Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, before defeating Dominic Thiem. However, this was not enough for him to advance to the semifinals. He would end the year ranked at World No.8, with a career-high 43 match wins. He was named the ATP’s Most Improved Player of the Year for 2019.
After a second round exit at the 2020 Australian Open (l. to Sandgren), Berrettini would withdraw from several upcoming tournaments due to a hernia/groin injury.
Berrettini is nicknamed Mat and has a brother, Jacopo, who also plays tennis. He watches basketball and is a fan of Lebron James. His tennis idols growing up were Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He is currently in a relationship with WTA player Ajla Tomljanovic and loves fast food.