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."