Can Berrettini make it or can’t he? The question that has accompanied the public of the Atp Finals since last night is still without a clear and definitive answer. Even if the latest signs are of hope, or at least leave the possibilities open. Since the Italian was forced by an abdominal injury to withdraw from the match with Alexander Zverev, there are no official communications about his health conditions, yet the tournament organizers have set the match against the Polish Hubert for tomorrow evening. Hurkacz. There is therefore a glimmer of hope to see the 25-year-old from Rome on the field, after the tears of last night, but on the day of the winning debut of the champion Novak Djokovic, who beat Casper Ruud 2-0, doubts remain. And the reserve Jannik Sinner, who could take over in the event of a forfeit, keeps the engines running.
“The doctors are evaluating – Berrettini’s social message in the evening – I’ll decide soon and I’ll let you know”. The rumors chasing each other at Pala Alpitour, the building for which the CTS rejected the request to increase the capacity by 7.5%, leaving it at 60%, is that Berrettini wants to try to return immediately to the field, despite the abdominal muscles they give him a great pain and discomfort, a problem that worsened after last February’s stop in Australia. “Matteo said he felt it differently. And this time he stopped immediately, he didn’t play on pain. He woke up better than what happened in Australia – says Filippo Volandri, non-player captain of Italy for the Davis Cup. -. Diagnosis at first, with ultrasound, gives us hope. But we have to wait for the outcome of the resonance “. Today the athlete did not train, forced by the injury to spend the day between the Sports Medicine Center, the structure in the belly of the Grande Torino Olympic stadium next to the home of world tennis, and the Fornaca clinic, an excellence town for the visits it has undergone. Morale can only be low, “but he has always come back stronger every time he has faced injuries – adds Volandri – and he will certainly overcome this too”. “I send him a big hug, I can imagine how he feels because this was a special tournament for him and for all of Italian tennis”, says Djokovic, who won without particular problems against Ruud: an hour and 33 minutes to get the better on the Norwegian 7-6 and 6-2 and conquer the public with his easy Italian.
“I feel better speaking in Italian, I have almost forgotten English and Serbian because Italy is a bit like my second home”, his words after the victory against Ruud and the delivery of the cup for finishing another year in first place in the world ranking. “It is difficult to confirm, you have to play continuously throughout the season and on all surfaces – he explains with a smile – I share this trophy with my family and with those who helped me to be able to still be here”. For Djokovic it is becoming almost a formality, but in reality the Serbian has written history: no one has ever confirmed himself for seven years in a row as the best in the world of this sport. And Djokovic even improved the result of his idol: “When I was four I fell in love with tennis thanks to Pete Sampras – the memory of the Serbian on the champion who stopped six consecutive years – and it was my first image of this sport . I asked my father to buy me a racket, I dreamed of meeting the American and this is an incredible achievement for me. ” In the evening, Tsitsipas and Rublev are the protagonists of the second race of the ‘green group’, with the Pala Alpitour which continues to score great turnout results. One more reason, for the organizers, to regret the decision of the CTS not to increase as they had asked for the capacity of the building. The epidemiological situation does not allow for exceptions, so it will remain at 60%, with all due respect to those who have had their purchased coupons canceled.
Source From: Ansa