'I couldn’t believe I was playing vs. Roger Federer', says Top 10

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'I couldn’t believe I was playing vs. Roger Federer', says Top 10

In 2019, Roger Federer had a magnificent year at 38 years old. The Swiss finished the season as world number 3, reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros and the final at Wimbledon, where he was one point away from winning the title.

Precisely, on October 27, 2019, just two years ago, Roger raised in his house, in Basel, what was his last title. Federer burst into tears when he added what was his 103rd professional trophy in a year where he only lost 10 games.

Few imagined that two such bad seasons would come in 2020 and 2021 in terms of injuries, where we have barely seen Roger on the court.

Federer has been out of action since Wimbledon

Matteo Berrettini has always been a fanboy of Roger Federer and has been following him since his childhood days.

However, in a recent interview with Giojournal.com, he stated that he doesn’t support the Swiss Maestro anymore. He highlighted that he stopped supporting him because he now faces him on the court instead of just watching him.

“I grew up watching Roger (Federer) and cheering for him. I supported him as much as I could, watching him on TV whenever he was on. But then the day came when I realized I was playing the same tournament as he was in the same draw.

So I couldn’t support him anymore from that point on. I have told Roger this story as we get on very well now,” said Berrettini in the interview. “I think that’s why one of the first times I played him on Centre Court and Wimbledon, he destroyed me, because I couldn’t believe I was playing against my idol on one of the most iconic courts on tour,” added the Wimbledon Championships 2021 runner-up.

The encounter Matteo talked about was in the 2019 Wimbledon Round of 16 and Federer defeated him in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. Roger Federer has been out of action since the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, where he was beaten by Polish player Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets.

The Swiss recently underwent a third surgery on his knee, which will keep him out of the rest of the season. During his appearance at the Laver Cup in Boston, the 40-year-old revealed he wanted to make a return to tennis as soon as possible.

But at the same time, Federer insisted he had to be patient with his body. "Of course, I wish I could be back on a tennis court as quick as possible, but I have to be patient. And look, it's a slow period right now. And I got to take it step by step. So far, so good. So I'm very happy."