Second seed Roger Federer will look to make an astonishing 17th Wimbledon quarter final on Monday, taking on Matteo Berrettini for a spot in the last 8. Federer will be the heavy favourite but his Italian opponent is one of the most improved players on the tour this year, gaining over 50 ranking places in the past 12 months.
Berrettini’s rise up the rankings has been quite surprising with the Italian never really receiving the amount of hype that many others in his age range have been receiving. Unlike many of his countrymen, he has an aggressive style that suits faster courts and that has shown in his recent results. He won Stuttgart and made the semi finals, picking up wins against Nick Kyrgios, Felix Auger Aliassime and Karen Khachanov (twice) along the way. He had to work hard to earn his first second week at a slam though, saving match points on his way to a five set comeback win against Diego Schwartzman.
Federer was broken once in his win over Lucas Pouille, but it was a stress-free outing for the eight-time champion on Saturday who eventually won 7-5 6-2 7-6. “I’m happy that I’m able to raise my level of play,” Federer said. “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.”
“I don’t know him very well on top of it. So that makes it a bit more tricky, as well. I saw him play a little bit in Halle. Saw his run, of course, in Stuttgart. Now he’s backing it up here again. That’s not easy to do, especially when you’re sort of newer on the Tour.” Federer said on the Italian. “I’m expecting a tough one. 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.”
Prediction – Roger Federer in four sets