‘Roger Federer was flawless against me at Wimbledon,’ Matteo Berrettini recalls

Matteo Berrettini had a great run in 2021, reaching his first Major final at Wimbledon and making the ATP Finals debut in front of the home fans in Turin. This summer, the Italian was among the players to beat on grass, conquering Queen’s and advancing into the title clash where he lost to Novak Djokovic despite taking the opener. Two years ago, Matteo had the opportunity to face against an eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the fourth round and experienced a tough 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 loss in swift 73 minutes. Matteo came to Wimbledon as one of the dark horses after lifting the trophy in Stuttgart and playing in the Halle semi-final.

In the previous round, the Italian prevailed over Diego Schwartzman and did not have much left in the tank ahead of the Federer clash, serving at only 45% and never standing as a real challenger. Roger delivered a textbook attacking tennis, firing from all cylinders and outplaying the opponent on both serve and return to seal the deal in no time and stay on the title course. The Swiss lost 11 points on serve, fended off the only break chance and blasted 23 winners and only five unforced errors to notch one of his most impressive Wimbledon triumphs. Firing only three aces, Matteo dropped half of the points in his games and got broken six times from seven opportunities offered to Roger to end his run in the last 16 after a stellar grass swing.

Roger Federer lost only five games vs. Matteo Berrettini at Wimbledon 2019.

Federer was off to a perfect start, losing one point on serve in the entire first set and securing breaks in games four and six for a 6-1 in no time. Nothing changed in set number two, and Roger delivered one good hold after another while stealing the rival’s serve in games three and seven for a 6-1, 6-2 advantage in under 50 minutes! With nothing working his way, Matteo suffered two breaks in the early stages of the third set and propelled Roger towards the finish line when the Swiss held at love at 5-2.

“I had fun against Roger Federer at Wimbledon; he played flawlessly. I was not ready for that stage, but I cherished it, and it served me later,” Matteo Berrettini said.¬†

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