Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini was happy with the way he performed against Botic van de Zandschulp at Wimbledon on Thursday. Berrettini, who recently won it all at the Queen's Club, cruised past van de Zandschulp 6-3 6-4 7-6 (4) to make the Wimbledon third round.
“It gives me confidence because I know I can win these kind of matches, even though I'm not playing my best tennis,” Berrettini said. “I won in straight sets with a guy that was playing really good. It means I played a really good level.
At the same time, I know that I can play better. “I look at Wimbledon always with a special feeling. The first time I was here, I was just feeling like it's a temple. Being here, playing and feeling good, just everything is really nice”.
Berrettini escaped with a straight-set win
Berrettini saved two break points in the seventh game, before claiming the first break of the match in the ninth game. After breaking van de Zandschulp in the ninth game, Berrettini served out for the opener in the 10th game.
In the second set, Berrettini broke van de Zandschulp in the seventh game and held on to his serve to take a two-set lead. Van de Zandschulp had a great chance to force a fourth set but he failed to convert any of his tow set points in the 12th game.
The two players were all tied at four points apiece before Berrettini won three points in a row to book a straight-set win. After his first round win over Guido Pella, Berrettini said his goal was to make a deep 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."