Matteo Berrettini pays homage to idol Roger Federer



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Matteo Berrettini pays homage to idol Roger Federer

Matteo Berrettini admits Roger Federer is a big reason why he decided to pursue a tennis career and that it's the Swiss who elevated tennis a completely new level. Federer, 41, hasn't played since last year's Wimbledon due to a knee injury.

Federer is expected to return to action later this month at the Laver Cup. Berrettini, 26, has played Federer twice. Federer owns a 2-0 head-to-head record versus Berrettini as the Italian is hoping to get at last one more chance to play his idol.

“The reason why I'm here now is Roger. He was my idol when I was growing up. I was cheering for him. So I want him back really badly,” Berrettini said.“I think (he) was great, is still great for tennis. He brought tennis to even, like, a higher level, just for the stuff he did on court, off court.

Like Serena, I guess, one of a kind, you know? I wish him, like, really a speedy recovery, whatever he's doing to come back. Yeah, I wish I could play like one more time against him."

Berrettini on complaining during his US Open third round match

During Friday's 6-4 6-4 6-7 (1) 6-3 win over Andy Murray, Berrettini was heard complaining about the distracting crowd.

"We play for four hours and half of them we're waiting for the people to sit down," Berrettini was heard saying. After the match, Berrettini explained why he felt the need to complain. “It was a distraction a little bit.

But I think we're following the clock, right? Obviously the ref is calling the time. We always have a look at the clock, like, time violation and everything. Then you're ready to serve. You have to wait 20, 25 seconds more because people are, like, sitting down,” Berrettini explained. Berrettini is set to play against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina for a place in the US Open quarterfinal.