World No. 7 Matteo Berrettini revealed that he warmed up Roger Federer for the 2015 Rome Masters. Federer got off to a slow start to his Rome semi-final, but still managed to overtake Stan Wawrinka and reach the final. Berrettini admitted that he was sweating after Federer got off to a slow start because he feared he hadn't done a good enough job.
"Federer got off to a bad start in the Rome semi-final and my friends asked 'what did you do to him in the warm-up ?!' I started to sweat. Then fortunately he won but lost the final," Berrettini said on the Kashmir Podcast, as revealed by Matteo Mosciatti.
I admire the example he sets and the time he spends playing tennis off the court. I feel like he understands that he has the power to influence the world. Either in some charity event or working hard in the ATP Players Council.
He uses the sport and his popularity to impact as many lives as he can in a very positive way," Berrettini said of Federer in October. Berrettini lost his first two meetings against Federer. Berrettini and Federer were projected to meet at the French Open.
Round of 16, but the Swiss did not appear for the match. "I grew up watching Roger Federer and always cheering him on. I supported him as much as I could, watching him on television every time he played. Then I realized that I was playing the same tournament as him.
So I couldn't support him in the same way. I have told this story to Roger because now we get along very well on the Tour. I think that's why the first time we met on Center Court at Wimbledon it destroyed me, because I couldn't believe I was still there."
Bruguera talks about Federer
During the interview, Sergi Bruguera also spoke about an incident with Rafael Nadal's long-term rival Roger Federer. The Spaniard won his only meeting with the 40-year-old by a scoreline of 6-1, 6-1 on the clay of Barcelona back in 2000 when the Swiss was just 19.
"We have made a lot of jokes about it, even an anecdote with him," Bruguera recounted. "I was working with Gasquet and he knew that I had beaten him 6-1 and 6-1. One day we met Federer and he said: 'Roger, here's someone who beat you up in his day.'
And there he replied: 'Yes, yes, I remember, I thought I was going to beat him easily that day because he came from an injury, but he beat me 6-2 and 6-1' So he made it easy for me to say: 'No Roger, it was 6-1 and 6-1, don't play too many games' (laughs)," he added.