Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini absolutely enjoyed his first meeting with Roger Federer even though he was demolished by the record 20-time Grand Slam champion. Berrettini, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.
8 in the world, met former world No. 1 Federer at Wimbledon last year. Federer, a record eight-time Wimbledon champion, cruised past Berrettini 6-1 6-2 6-2 when they met in the round-of-16 at The Championships. Before the match, the 24-year-old Italian sounded optimistic about his chances as he was motivated to cause a huge upset.
But Federer, now ranked at No. 4 in the world, put up a dominant performance and never gave the Italian the slightest of chance. A few months later, 2019 US Open semifinalist Berrettini lost to Federer 7-6 (2) 6-3 in the group stage at the Nitto ATP Finals.
"For me, playing against him has always been a dream and I'm very happy to have made it happen. It was a beautiful emotion, especially the first time I played him, on the Centre Court of Wimbledon. I was very excited and I didn't play my best tennis," Berrettini told Corriere Dello Sport.
When they met at Wimbledon, Federer broke Berrettini twice in each set and never lost his service game en route to claiming a dominant win. The Italian earned his first break point chance in the fourth game of the third set -- but failed to convert as Federer won the game to take a 4-0 lead in the set. Four games later, the 38-year-old Swiss routinely served out for the match.