Matteo Berrettini: "Playing with Rafael Nadal is something that I dreamed"



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Matteo Berrettini: "Playing with Rafael Nadal is something that I dreamed"

Tomorrow at 04:30 European time we will watch the semi-final match between Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini. Rafael Nadal is certainly the favorite in this match, but the young Italian also showed a great game, which speaks a lot about the semifinals in which he is.

Apparently, he did not expect such success, so this time he will probably play without pressure because he has already exceeded his expectations. Matteo Berrettini seems to be a big fan of Rafael Nadal and previously cheered for him “Before my first semis in the US Open, I didn't really think that I could have done so much,” Berrettini said, as quoted by express “I watch him (Nadal) so many times in this tournament and other tournaments, cheering for him.

This is the realization of his dream, and what he has always wanted, but this time he is maximally motivated to achieve victory and reach the finals.

Matteo Berettini dreams

“Playing with him in Rod Laver in semi-finals is something that I dreamed about when I was a kid.

“But now I really want to win this match and I know I can do it. “I’m in the semis in a slam for the third time, so it means that this is my level and I want to get further”. Rafael Nadal is quite tired after a difficult match, but also conditions that were not easy “I think it's important to have these two days off after a brutal match out there," the 35-year-old said.

“The conditions were hard”. Rafael Nadal praised his opponent and is aware of the challenge that awaits him. It won't be easy for him this time “Matteo, he's one of the best players of the world,” Nadal said.

“I need to play my 100 per cent and my highest level if I want to keep having chances to fight, to be competitive, and to try to be in the final”.