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Federer vs Berrettini tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Federer is 16-0 in fourth-round Wimbledon matches

Hannah Wilks in ATP Tour 7 Jul 2019
  • Roger Federer faces Matteo Berrettini in the fourth round of Wimbledon
  • Federer vs Berrettini is live from Wimbledon on Monday at 4.30pm BST
Roger Federer (PA Sports)

Roger Federer has never lost in the fourth round of Wimbledon – could Matteo Berrettini be the man to inflict his first defeat?

Roger Federer faces big-serving, fast-rising Italian Matteo Berrettini as the eight-time champion looks to book his place in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the seventeenth time.

Federer has a perfect 16-0 record in last 16 matches at Wimbledon, having never failed to reach the quarterfinals at least once he’s got past the second round.

Federer celebrates a point against Lucas Pouille (PA Sports)
The 37-year-old is closing in on his 100th match win at Wimbledon, which he will attain if he reaches the semifinals, and has now won 350 matches at Grand Slam level after beating Lucas Pouille in straight sets on Saturday.

Federer has dropped just one set through the first week – the same as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, and his was perhaps the most surprising, as it came in the first round against South Africa’s Lloyd Harris, who won the first set Federer played at The Championships. Since then, however, Federer has been impeccable, winning the next nine sets: 6-1, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6(3), 6-2, 7-5, 6-2, 7-6(4). Facing Australian Open semifinalist Lucas Pouille in the third round, Federer played a slightly scrappy first set (by his exalted standards), but after saving a break point at 5-5, won the next six games. Pouille did manage to push the third set to a tie-break, saving a match point to do so, but Federer took a mini-break lead immediately and never looked back on his way to closing out the match. 

‘I'm very happy how it's going so far. I thought it was a good match with Lucas today,’ Federer said. ‘Of course, I hope it's going to take a special performance from somebody to stop me.’

He added: ‘I'm happy that I'm able to raise my level of play. There was a great run of games midway through the second, also after winning the first. I like seeing moments like that in a match for me.’

Federer is now on an eight-match winning streak, having won the title in Halle once again two weeks before Wimbledon began, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Roberto Bautista Agut, Pierre-Hugues Hubert and David Goffin to do so. 

While Federer cruised through to the last 16 in straight sets on Saturday, spending just over two hours on court, his opponent on Monday, Matteo Berrettini, spent four hours and 23 minutes on court to win a five-set thriller against Diego Schwartzman.

‘I'm expecting a tough one,’ Federer said, joking: ‘I hope he has no energy left after today. I'm sure he'll recover. He's young. I'm sure we'll see a tough match on Monday.’

It’s good that Berrettini will have the chance to introduce himself to the Centre Court crowd on Monday, because the 23-year-old Italian is having an exceptional season.

Matteo Berrettini (PA Sports)
After breaking into the top 100 for the first time in 2018, winning his first ATP Tour title in Gstaad and reaching the third round of the French Open, Berrettini has climbed from world no. 54 to world no. 20 in 2019. He won the Phoenix Challenger, but apart from that his whole season has been spent on the ATP Tour, and he has been having great success on it, winning a second ATP title in Budapest and reaching the final in Munich.

A good clay-court season for Berrettini was no surprise, but I did not see him having the great results he has been enjoying on grass, despite his big serve. Berrettini had only ever won one main-draw match on grass at ATP level before this year – beating Jack Sock in the first round of Wimbledon last year – but in 2019, he is 12-1 after winning the Mercedes Cup title in Stuttgart, making the semifinals in Halle (he lost to David Goffin) and now reaching the round of 16 at Wimbledon, the first time he has been this far at a Grand Slam.

Berrettini’s first two rounds at Wimbledon were fairly unremarkable – he beat Aljaz Bedene in four sets before ending the career of wildcard Marcos Baghdatis in straights – but a third-round clash with Diego Schwartzman had all the hallmarks of a battle royale, and so it proved. Out on Court 18, the big-serving Berrettini and the diminutive but dogged Diego Schwartzman knocked seven kinds of hell out of each other for over four hours before Berrettini got over the line, sealing a 6-7(5), 7-6(2), 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 victory and falling flat on his back in joy.

‘[It was] a really tough one. I wasn't feeling so good. I guess also because he was playing good, he was annoying me, the way he plays,’ Berrettini said. ‘I was a little bit nervous, too. But the good thing is the match was best of five, so I had time to figure it out and to improve my mind. It was a tough one, definitely.’

Berrettini can’t afford to start slow against Federer in this first meeting, or he’ll be two sets down before he knows what happened. This is their first meeting, and I’ll admit to being a little curious to see how it shakes out. Berrettini’s in the form of his life right now, and his big game is capable of at least giving Federer some pause – if he executes it absolutely brilliantly. Federer has looked a little shaky in the early going of his first- and third-round matches (while still finishing both very strong, of course) and if Berrettini can just avoid going down an early break, he might well be able to give Federer all he can handle in the early going. Federer will have too much for him over the match, but Berrettini should be able to take a set before going down in four. 

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