World no. 8 Matteo Berrettini is currently in the USA but not in the closing stages of the second Masters 1000 event of the season in Miami. Instead of that, Matteo is going through isolation like many athletes around the globe, hoping to see the end of the coronavirus soon and get back to the court as soon as possible.
In an interview with the Sky Sport, Berrettini talked about different issues, isolation, Rome Masters and other staff, mentioning his clash against Roger Federer from the last 16 at Wimbledon last year, winning five games but learning a valuable lesson that helped him in the upcoming tournaments.
Just a couple of weeks before turning 38, the eight-time champion Federer toppled Berrettini 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in 73 minutes to race into the quarter-final, storming over the opponent who won the title in Stuttgart in great style and lost in the semis in Halle.
Playing a lot of matches in the last couple of weeks and that marathon with Diego Schwartzman in the previous round, the Italian had nothing in the tank for the All England Club legend like Roger, serving at 45% and never standing as a real challenger on the court.
On the other hand, Federer delivered a textbook attacking tennis, firing from all cylinders and outplaying the opponent on both serve and return to seal the deal in no time at all and stay on the title course. The Swiss lost 11 points on serve, fending off the only break chance and blasting 23 winners and only five unforced errors to notch one of his most impressive Wimbledon triumphs.
Firing only three aces, Matteo dropped half of the points in his games and got broken six times from seven opportunities offered to Roger, 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 a 6-1 in no time at all.
Nothing changed in set number two, with Roger delivering one good hold after another and stealing rival's serve in games three and seven for a 6-1, 6-2 in less than 50 minutes! With nothing working in his favor, Berrettini suffered two breaks in the early stages of the third set as well, pushing Roger towards the finish line when the Swiss held at love at 5-2, setting the clash against Kei Nishikori in the next round.
"I had fun against Roger Federer at Wimbledon, he played flawlessly. I wasn't ready for that stage but I cherished it and it served me later," Berrettini said.