‘I was looking for revenge,’ says Matteo Berrettini on Roger Federer withdrawal


Matteo Berrettini says getting a walkover within the fourth spherical of the French Open has robbed him of the prospect to hunt revenge on Roger Federer.

The Italian world quantity 9 ought to have been enjoying the 20-time Grand Slam champion on Monday however was stunned to obtain a walkover resulting from Federer’s withdrawal.

The Swiss ace got here by means of a tricky 4 set match in opposition to Dominik Koepfer within the early hours of Sunday morning and introduced later that afternoon that he would not compete at Roland Garros to guard his health going into grass season.

The choice has brought about controversy all through tennis with many former gamers and pundits backing his determination, whereas others have felt it’s disrespectful to the event and fellow gamers.

On the floor of it, Berrettini appears to be like to have benefitted most out of Federer’s withdrawal, nonetheless, fairly than be happy, the Italian admits that’s has brought about him disruption and uncertainty in his schedule and brought away a possibility he was trying ahead to.

The pair have solely performed one another twice earlier than, each in 2019 and each leading to a Federer straight-set win so Berrettini hoped for an opportunity to tug one again.

“I imply I used to be stunned, clearly,” Berrettini informed Tennis Channel about Federer’s determination.

“I used to be already serious about the match, how I misplaced in opposition to him twice so I used to be actually in search of my revenge. Sadly, it couldn’t occur.

“I assume he’s nonetheless struggling slightly bit together with his knee. I want him good luck and hopefully we’re going to see him again on grass.”

Berrettini additionally stated he discovered himself in a singular scenario of of getting three days off by means of a Grand Slam and not likely realizing how it might impression his momentum forward of his quarter-final conflict with Novak Djokovic.

“It by no means occurred to me and really now I’ve three days off,” Berrettini stated.

“So with my staff we simply determined to have a day without work [Sunday] and [Monday] observe…I actually hope that it’s going to work.”


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