World No. 7 Matteo Berrettini acknowledged that rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime made him work extremely hard during their Laver Cup clash. Team Europe's Berrettini entered the match as the slight favorite but Auger-Aliassime of Team World delivered a strong performance and ultimately fell just short of surprising the Italian.
Berrettini, who beat Auger-Aliassime en route to making the Wimbledon final, recovered from a set down to beat the Canadian 6-7 (3) 7-5 10-8 at the Laver Cup. "I don't know," Berrettini said, when asked how did he overturn the deficit against Auger-Aliassime.
Just fighting. I felt the match was really hard. You know, Felix was playing really good, not giving me anything, no mistakes, serving really well. I felt a different energy, to know that I'm playing for my team, not just for myself, for my family.
I felt great and they helped me a lot."
Berrettini scraped past Auger-Aliassime
Auger-Aliassime failed to serve out for the first set in the ninth game as Berrettini saved two set points in the ninth game and five more in the 12th game to force a tie-break.
Blowing seven set points didn't affect Auger-Aliassime in the tie-break as he realized his eighth set point to win the opener. In the second set, Berrettini saved two break points in the 11th game before breaking Auger-Aliassime in the 12th game to force a decider.
In the match tie-break, Berrettini realized his first match point to complete a comeback win. Team Europe won the first two rubbers against Team World. "I think it’s not only the format but the team atmosphere that we’re having.
The three previous years it was always very close, very tight. I won the last two matches of the last two years, so it’s always very close,” said Alexander Zverev. “Obviously, as Thomas [Enqvist] said, I shared my experiences with the guys who is the first time for them here."