Berrettini Asks Federer How Much He Owes For Wimbledon Lesson
World No. 20 Matteo Berrettini is getting his wallet out.
After Roger Federer punched a forehand volley into the open court to complete his straight-sets victory, the Swiss congratulated the Italian on a strong grass-court season, leading Berrettini to come back with a witty response.
“I said, 'Thanks for the tennis lesson, how much do I owe you?’”
Federer lost only 11 service points in the match, cruising to victory after 74 minutes on the back of 24 winners. The 37-year-old made just five unforced errors in the match.
“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 said. “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.”
It took Federer 17 minutes to win the opening set, as he did a good job of blocking the Italian’s 130-plus mph serves back into play to get to neutral in rallies. And it seemed like once the eight-time champion gained the momentum, there was little Berrettini could do.
“I wasn't feeling so good about my strokes, my serve, my forehand, backhand, everything. I wasn't feeling so good, so I didn't expect that. I expected to be tight, to be maybe not ready, but not like this,” Berrettini said. “I was saying to myself that it was normal. For me, it was [my] first time on Centre Court against him. It's normal.
“The points were going really fast. Just serve and first shot... I was just playing and trying, but like I said, it was too good.”