Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini admitted that he didn't play his best tennis against Guido Pella but he absolutely believes he can make a deep run at Wimbledon. Berrettini, who recently won it all at the Queen's Club, beat Guido Pella 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-0 to reach the Wimbledon second round.
After losing the opening set, Pella broke Berrettini in the sixth game and then held on to his serve the rest of the second set to level the match at one set apiece. Pella performed well but he dropped his serve in the 10th game of the third set and his game fell apart after that moment.
Berrettini earned three breaks in the fourth set to complete a four-set win.
Berrettini aims a deep Wimbledon run
“[My level of confidence was] definitely something that helped me today when things got a little bit complicated,” said Berrettini.
“Sometimes you win also with the confidence that you feel in yourself. Today, especially in the third set, I used that as a weapon to overtake him. “I know that I have the level [to go far]. I have the weapons. Also, the mental mindset to get there.
But every match is a fight, every match is really difficult. I have to go step-by-step now”. Meanwhile, Kei Nishikori beat Alexei Popyrin 6-4 6-4 6-4. "I started really well. I think it the first set I was a little bit shaky, but in the second and third sets, I played really good solid points," Nishikori said.
"I served well and I think the return was key. I broke one game in each set, so I am really happy with how I played today." Also, Jeremy Chardy beat Aslan Karatsev. "To be back at Wimbledon is very special," Chardy said.
"I love to play on grass. I was lucky to spend one week at home before the tournament, so I was really happy to enjoy that with the family. I am really happy with my match today, I think I played a really solid match from the beginning to the end."