Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini revealed that Roger Federer was always a source of inspiration for him and underlined that the Swiss left a huge mark on tennis history. Berrettini, 26, grew up watching and idolizing Federer.
But even when Berrettini turned pro, he was still in awe of Federer and his greatness. Berrettini, who is now considered one of the best players in the game, admits that he will never be Federer, but vowed to follow in his idol’s footsteps and try to be a good role model for children.
«Roger has been my idol since I started playing tennis. When I tried to become a professional tennis player and I was on tour, I followed him and tried to learn from him, but not to be like him because that is impossible.
I can only try to be as good as him. Roger has brought so much to the sport that he no longer needs to prove anything,» Berrettini told HELLO.
Berrettini witnessed Federer’s retirement
Federer, a former 20-time Grand Slam champion, retired from professionalism in late September at the Laver Cup.
Berrettini, who was in London, had the opportunity to witness Federer’s emotional farewell. The night after Federer played the last match of his career, Berrettini was very emotional and had a sleepless night. «I couldn’t sleep, I was so excited.
I told him why we were crying. The reason I chose to become a tennis player was because of him. He probably doesn’t know it, but when I was a kid and he was playing in Rome, he was trying to sneak me onto center court because he didn’t have a ticket.
He was my idol. He inspired me a lot. Not just me, but billions of people. He did everything for the sport and for me in general. I am so happy to be here. I have to thank you, but I have chills, guys. It’s hard for me,» Berrettini said of Federer’s retirement.