Roger Federer was among the favorites at Wimbledon 2019, despite turning 38 in a couple of weeks! An eight-time champion played well in the opening week to find himself in the quarter-final, reaching the final eight at The All England Club for the 17th time!
Federer defeated Lucas Pouille in the third round and set the Centre Court clash versus the young Italian Matteo Berrettini. The crowd favorite toppled an in-form rival 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in swift 73 minutes to sail into the last eight.
Matteo claimed the title in Stuttgart and reached the semi-final in Halle in the previous weeks. However, he stood no chance against the Swiss maestro, with Federer dominating on serve and return to seal the deal in no time.
Roger delivered his 99th Wimbledon win in style, making a strong start and keeping that pace throughout the duel.
Roger Federer stormed over Matteo Berrettini at Wimbledon 2019.
Berrettini experienced a marathon against Diego Schwartzman in the previous round and had nothing left in the tank.
Matteo served at 45% and never looked like a serious competitor against such a strong opponent. On the other hand, Roger delivered a textbook attacking tennis, firing from all cylinders and outplaying the opponent to remain on the title course.
The Swiss lost 11 points on serve, fending off the only break point and blasting 23 winners and only five unforced errors to sweep the rival from the court. Firing only three aces, Matteo dropped half of the points in his games, losing serve six times from seven chances offered to Roger and ending his run in the last 16 after a stellar grass swing.
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 6-1 in no time. Nothing changed in set number two, with Roger delivering one good hold after another and keeping the pressure on the other side.
The Swiss stole his rival's serve in games three and seven for a 6-1, 6-2 advantage in under 50 minutes! With nothing working in his favor, Berrettini suffered two breaks in the early stages of the third set. Federer served for the victory at 5-2 and held at love for one of his finest Wimbledon performances in the last couple of years, hoping for more in the rest of the tournament.