Italy’s Matteo Berretini is aiming to break into the top ten in 2023, believing he can win a Grand Slam.
Berrettini reached sixth in the ATP rankings earlier this year after reaching the last four in Melbourne.
His season saw some incredible highs, but also brutal injuries and bouts of illness.
However, the former top-ten man is confident that he will get his best form and put his injury problems behind him.
“I consider myself one of them [top players]He said. Eurosport in Saudi Arabia.
“I remember playing Alcaraz at the beginning of the year and I felt he was a great player and had great potential. I didn’t expect him to come out so quickly but it was great for him.
“At the same time, Novak and Rafa are always Novak and Rafa. They will always be there.
“In terms of age, I’m in between, but I feel like I’ll get back to that level, and obviously the goal is to get back into the top 10 and see from there.
“Last year, before the hand surgery, I was at a very good level. I was six in the world. I know it’s my level and I know I can get back there. Why not be better?”
After an injury-plagued season, Berretini is approaching the game cautiously, but still has lofty goals.
“I see my chance to win the Slam,” he said. “I haven’t been that far from doing it in years past. That’s definitely a goal.
“Obviously I had to think about my health first because without that it’s difficult to play.
But once you get there and feel good, the obvious goal is to win a Grand Slam, to win a Masters 1000, to go on a long run at the most important tournaments in the world and I think I can do that. “
Berettini, who was on the Stuttgart and Queen’s roster, was ruled out of running at Wimbledon by Covid-19 as he looked like a strong contender.
Berretini has won on every stage but has never held a title higher than the ATP 500 ranking.
The world number 16 is appearing at the Diriyah Tennis Cup in Saudi Arabia, which is an excellent pre-season warm-up, especially for a player coming back from injury.
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