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'Thanks for the tennis lesson, how much do I owe you?’- Berrettini sees lighter side after Federer thrashing

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 9 Jul 2019
  • Roger Federer crushed Matteo Berrettini on Manic Monday to move into his 17th Wimbledon quarter final
  • Berretini joked about receiving a tennis lesson from the Swiss great after the match
Matteo Berrettini thanked Federer for the 'tennis lesson' after Monday's Round of 16 meeting. (Photo by Corinne Dubreuil/ABACAPRESS.COM)

Roger Federer might have crushed Matteo Berrettini’s Wimbledon ambitions, but the great Swiss has clearly not done a lasting damage to the Italian’s sense of humour.

Berrettini was on the receiving end of a brutal defeat on Manic Monday, but the Italian was quick to put things into perspective, and was able to project a lighter side at the end of the match.

“I said, 'Thanks for the tennis lesson, how much do I owe you?’”, Berrettini joked when asked what he told Federer at the net.

The Italian arrived his Wimbledon fourth-round clash against Federer with more grass-court wins than any other player this season, touted as a potential danger to Federer’s quest for a ninth Wimbledon title, but the Italian could barely lay a finger on the great Swiss, who sprinted away with a 6-1 6-2 6-2 victory in an hour and 13 minutes.

Perhaps it was nerves, perhaps it was the five-set tangle he had got himself into against Diego Schwartzman in the previous round, Berrettini was well short of his best on Monday, struggling on serve- he made just 45% of his first serves, which is almost criminal- and spreading 23 unforced errors around Centre Court- some of which were quite mind-boggling.

“I think for sure I didn't play my best match, but he was just too good for me today. He was playing good and I was kind of tight, also,” Berrettini reflected. “Before the match I was ready for that stuff, and also when he started to play like this, for me, it was really tough to do anything”. 
“You can try to change something, but when he's playing like this, it's tough to change. You can change mentally but he's not going to change anything. I think it's going to be really helpful for my career.”

Berrettini might have had an off day, but Federer was again in sublime form, as he delivered his most convincing performance of the tournament so far, on a day when his big rivals, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic also recorded big wins. 

The mighty Swiss lost just 11 points on serve, smashing 24 winners and just five unforced errors. A feature of Federer’s tournament has been his efficiency at the net, and he was again very good in the forecourt against Berrettini, winning 19 of 26 points.

Federer did a good job of neutralizing Berrettini’s big serves- when the Italian managed to get them into play. The Swiss also found plenty of success attacking the Italian’s backhand, and was swiftly on top of the point whenever a rally develops, preventing his Italian opponent from accessing his huge forehand.

"Today was excellent. I was very happy," Federer said. "I was expecting a tough match and a close one with not many chances. It was actually quite the opposite, so that was great." "He didn't have his best day. I know that, as well. I was dialed in”, said Federer, who also felt the slower conditions on Centre Court worked in his favour. 
"I was just able to maybe outmaneuver him with my slice. He couldn't hurt me enough with his forehand, which I thought was going to be maybe tough to manage today. Everything seemed to go easier”.
"Eventually you know how it is, when you're down two sets to love so quickly, I mean, it's hard to figure things out. It's hard to change. I just think the conditions also didn't allow him to do that today."

Federer is now an amazing 17-0 in Round of 16 matches at Wimbledon, and 99-12 overall at the All England Club. He will attempt to secure his milestone 100th match win when he plays Kei Nishikori in the quarter finals on Wednesday.

Roger Federer vs Kei Nishikori is live from Wimbledon on Wednesday, 10 July.

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17:10 09 Jul

Strycova leads 4-1 despite tumble

Good aggressive play from Konta to hold to 15 and get on the board in this second set but she looks really frustrated as yet again Strycova yanks her forward and she fumbles the ball long.

Up 30-0 at 3-1, Strycova takes a tumble, but comes up with a strong second serve for 40-15. A double-fault for 40-30 - but she holds as her backhand skips off the net cord and through the empty air between Konta's body and her racquet. More frustration for the British player.


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