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Matteo Berrettini revealed his love for Australia, saying that he feels glad he is on the same page as his girlfriend.

The Italian is currently dating Ajla Tomljanovic. He will open his 2022 season at the ATP Cup, with Italy facing hosts Australia in the opening match. The Italians will be led by Berrettini and Jannik Sinner, who are both top 10 players.

With him coming to the country soon, Berrettini revealed his love for Australia, and said that his girlfriend will have another reason to be happy.

As quoted by Tennis World USA, the player said, “I have to say I have a soft spot for Australia, otherwise Ajla is going to be upset.”

Berrettini will face Alex de Minaur, and heaped praise on his opponent.

“Alex is a really tricky player, especially here in Sydney, in his home country,” he said. “He’s been playing his best tennis here.

“I think this atmosphere brings him to play his best tennis, so it’s going to be (a) very tough match. But I like it when the atmosphere is like that. I like (when) stadiums (are) packed and people are cheering for you or against you.

Matteo Berrettini: I have soft spot for Australia, now my girlfriend won’t be upset
Berrettini (pictured) with his significant other. Source: tennisworldusa.org

“I’m really looking forward to that match.”

Excitement

“We feel happy to be here,” he continued.

“I think it’s possible (to win the title), the team is even stronger this year, so for sure our aim is to win the title. We know it’s going to be a tough job.

“Every match is going to be difficult, but we believe that we can do it.

Berrettini will face World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev as well having drawn Russia, and spoke of his style of play.

“He is really solid,” he said of Medvedev. “He’s moving really well, playing deep, serving well, returning. I mean, he’s not missing at all when he’s playing well.

“So especially on hard court he’s probably together with Novak (Djokovic), the best player we have now. He’s really tricky to play.”

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