Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini is extremely happy with the way his Wimbledon campaign has been progressing as he feels he is playing the best tennis of life. Berrettini, ranked at No. 9 in the world, handed a 6-4 6-3 6-1 loss to Ilya Ivashka to progress into the Wimbledon quarterfinal.
"I feel like I'm not using a lot of energy, because I won most of my matches in three sets,” said Berrettini. “It's really good for me if I look at the long run. I feel [that] I am playing the best tennis of my career.
“[Two years ago] I was playing [well], but everything was kind of new. I had to adjust a little bit. Now I have more confidence for sure, more experience as well. I know I can achieve my best results like [I reached the] quarters in Paris [at Roland Garros and] quarters here.
Obviously, the tournament is not done yet. I'm really looking forward to achieving even more”.
Berrettini routinely handled Ivashka
Berrettini claimed the first break of the match in the third game to take a 2-1 lead.
The Italian didn't allow Ivashka a single break point in the first set as he served out for the opener in the 10th game. After winning the first set, Berrettini claimed two early breaks in the second set to take a 5-1 lead.
Berrettini failed to serve out for the second set in the eighth game but broke Ivashka in the following game to take a two-set lead. In the third set, Berrettini earned two breaks to easily win the set and book a straight-set win.
"I'm pretty happy with my level, for the intensity, for my mindset over all the games and stuff,” said Berrettini. “I was pretty focused. [But] I had a game that I didn't serve that well on [at] 5-2 in the second [set]”.