Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini said Roger Federer is the Big Three group member he would like to play the most. Berrettini, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 7 in the world, played Federer twice and each time ended on the losing side.
Berrettini was scheduled to face Federer in this year’s French Open round-of-16 but the Swiss gave the Italian a walkover before the match. “Facing him is emotional. So I would like to face Federer the most out of the Big Three,” Berrettini told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
As Federer is recovering from a knee surgery, Berrettini admits he is more likely to play Novak Djokovic. “I’m more likely to play Djokovic,” Berrettini admitted.
Berrettini recalled getting destroyed by Federer
Berrettini was humiliated in his first match versus Federer as the Swiss destroyed the Italian 6-1 6-2 6-2 at 2019 Wimbledon.
“At Wimbledon against Federer my hands were sweating but I was really happy to be able to live that experience. I made people laugh at how I played, but that match helped me a lot for the next big events,” Berrettini said recently.
Berrettini grew up idolizing Federer and recently he explained how far his admiration for the Swiss went. “I grew up watching Roger Federer and always cheering for him. I supported him as much as I could, watching him on TV every time he played.
Then I realized that I was playing the same tournament as him. So I couldn’t support him in the same way anymore. I have told this story to Roger because now we get along so well on the Tour. I think that’s why the first time we met on Center Court at Wimbledon he destroyed me, because I couldn’t believe I was still there. playing against my idol on one of the most iconic courts on the Tour,” Berrettini explained.