'Facing Roger Federer was a very strong emotion', says Top 10

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'Facing Roger Federer was a very strong emotion', says Top 10

Matteo Berrettini is the third and youngest Italian tennis player in history to have qualified for the Masters finals and the only one to have won a match in the men's singles practice of this event. From 4 November 2019 he is number 8 ATP, third best ranking for an Italian tennis player since 1973, the year of the introduction of the computerized calculation system.

In the Grand Slam tournaments, he reached the semifinal at the US Open 2019, the fourth tennis player of his country to have gone so far in a Major in the Open era, after Adriano Panatta, Corrado Barazzutti and Marco Cecchinato, according to having achieved the feat in the New York slam 42 years after Corrado Barazzutti is the only one to have achieved this result on hard court.

He has won three ATP singles titles (the youngest Italian tennis player to achieve the feat) out of four finals played, and two titles out of three doubles finals. Together with Andreas Seppi and Lorenzo Sonego, he is the only Italian to have won an ATP tournament on grass.

In an interview with Ubitennis, Berrettini talked at length about playing Roger Federer at Wimbledon last year.

Berrettini on Roger Federer

"The game with Roger Federer will remain with me. Both for the score and for having played against him on Center Court.

A very strong emotion," said Matteo Berrettini. "I didn't serve well, and it happened. But other than that, the previous game with Schwartzman, or the one with Baghdatis because it was his last game, was also incredible.

I certainly miss Wimbledon, I miss the 'normal' tournaments and the travel," added Berrettini. The eight-time champion won 6-1 6-2 6-2 in just an hour and 13 minutes on Centre Court. The Italian, who has been competing at Patrick Mouratogolou's innovative new Ultimate Tennis Showdown, will now travel to Kitzbuhel to play in Dominic Thiem's invitational event.

On Day 8 of Ultimate Tennis Showdown, Alexei Popyrin faced off against Matteo Berrettini in the last match of the afternoon. Popyrin came in needing a win after a mixed bag of results in the tournament so far, whilst Berrettini was looking to bag his place in the knockout stages after suffering a crushing loss from 2-0 up last night against the league leader, Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Undeterred by that, Berrettini came out firing and used his heavy hitting to pick up a 4-0 win against his young opponent.