Matteo Berrettini took a ride with the Italian football team on their open-top bus during the victory parade on Monday.
The Italian team defeated England on penalties to win the European Cup on Sunday night at the Wembley Stadium in London. The match was only a few hours after Berrettini lost 7-6 (4), 4-6, 4-6, 3-6 to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.
Berrettini had attended the football final as well.
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“I wanted to watch this football match live in order to try to let the disappointment go away,” he told Sky Sports. “I was more nervous than how my parents were during my Wimbledon final!
The Italian team was taken on a victory parade in Rome on Monday and Berrettini also joined the triumphant players on the open-top bus.
Berrettini and the Italian team also met president Sergio Mattarella at his residence.
Though the 25-year-old lost to World No 1 Djokovic, he had made history by becoming the first Italian player to make it to Wimbledon finals.
“I’m convinced I will play other finals. I’m not saying it’ll happen at the next Slam, but I’m on the right road,” the Italian had said after the final.
“I need to learn how to deal with things, especially emotionally. When you know you do something well, and you face someone who is always there — it’s like he’s not bothered by it — that’s not easy to handle.”
The final halted his 11-match winning streak in London. Berrettini had won the Queen’s Club tournament before going into Wimbledon.
“Obviously for me it’s been unbelievable week, two weeks. But I know that I can do it,” he said. “I know that I can win this title. I’m not sure if I’m going to do it, but I know I can do it.”