Matteo Berrettini: 'I want to do better against Roger Federer'

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Matteo Berrettini: 'I want to do better against Roger Federer'

In an interview to The New York Times the Italian player Matteo Berrettini recalled his Wimbledon fourth round loss against Roger Federer earlier this year. The Italian looks at that experience with a smile. "That moment was like a dream", admitted Berrettini.

"It’s not that I didn’t care that I lost. I was upset. But I grew up watching Roger and cheering for him on TV. So being at Wimbledon, on Centre Court, against my idol, was something more than just about a win or a loss.

I told my team that we have a lot to improve because I want to be able to play with that guy and do better." On what he did after his loss against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and before Denis Shapovalov's win over Gael Monfils in Paris, Berrettini added: "I was so stressed out over the last few days that I was just trying to do anything to stay distracted.

But after I realized what happened, I had video calls with my team, my coach, my family, my grandma. All the people that are close to me. It was a really nice moment. But it was really tough to sleep that night. I was thinking about too many things."

Specifically on Monfils, Berrettini concluded: "It’s unbelievable that we were playing for the last spot because my match against him was, for sure, so far, the best match that I ever played. The best feeling that I had was during that match. It’s crazy how life is."