Italian star Matteo Berrettini says he follows the advice of his mother on court when it comes to being polite and respectful.
Berrettini is currently in excellent form, reaching the finals of the ATP Cup following singles wins over Dominic Thiem, Roberto Bautista Agut and Gael Monfils.
Currently ranked world number ten, Berrettini got a tough first round draw in the Australian open, against former Wimbledon and US Open finalist Kevin Anderson.
After a tight first set, in which the Italian had to save eight set points, he went on to win in straight sets 7-6, 7-5, 6-3.
And he won in impressive form hitting 45 winners including 14 aces and committed just 15 unforced errors all match.
After the match Berrettini said he was pleased with the standard of his performance against a tough opponent.
“I’m very happy with my performance, as I played at a high level,” said Berrettini.
“I won in straight sets, but it was really tough.
“I used the energy and confidence I got from the previous week, but it was a best-of-five [sets] match so it was different.
“I don’t think I saw Kevin’s serve a lot. I knew he was a great server coming into the match. But I served well too.”
When asked about a crucial moment within the game on set point in the first set, Berrettini said he remembered the manners his mother taught him.
“I was fortunate on my second set point [in the first set], when Kevin was ready for a low volley and the ball popped up higher.
“I apologised, because that’s what my mother taught me to do.”
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