20-time major winner Roger Federer plays Next Gen Italian Matteo Berrettini in the fourth round of the 2021 French Open on Monday, June 7. Get the live streaming options of this Roger Federer v Matteo Berrettini match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Roger Federer v Matteo Berrettini Head to Head
The players have met twice before this and Federer prevailed on both occasions. They met at the 2019 Wimbledon and the ATP Tour Finals in London the same year. Both were straight set wins for the Swiss.
Federer Prevails, But Does He Now Withdraw?
Roger Federer continued his return to the tour and to the Grand Slams with a third round match against German clay courter Dominik Koepfer. The match was regarded by many as a good indicator of Federer’s level and fitness, especially recovery after the sort of battle he had with Marin Cilic in the second round.
Playing each other for the first time, the first few games seemed more like Federer feeling out the German’s game. Neither player looked very convincing and Koepfer was testing the Swiss with the shot making.
Failing to convert five break points, the Swiss held up well in the tie-break and with a little bit of luck, closed out 7-5. It seemed like Federer was off to a better start to the second set with the early break but lost it pretty soon and the players traded more breaks to be 4-4 in the set. Another tie-break was looming and the German sealed it 7-3 with some poor Federer play to top it up.
The Swiss looked low on energy at the start of the third and when Koepfer went up 2-0, one wondered if Federer was already empty in the tank. Some percentage tennis ensured that Federer played more within himself and broke back to level at 4-4. Yet another tiebreak but smart play by Federer secured it at 7-4.
Federer broke early in the fourth, only to be broken right back. But at 5-5 in the fourth, it was evident that a fifth set would be too much for the tiring Swiss. Federer dug deep to break and hold right after to close the match 7-5 in set four.
In the post match press conference, Federer referred to having pleased himself an his team with matches as long as three and a half hours and having prevailed. But, with no break between the French Open and the Halle ATP 500, he has alluded to reconsidering his continuation in the tournament and if resting all of next week before grass is the smart choice to make.
Berrettini Form Continues
Matteo Berrettini started 2021 on the right note leading Italy to the finals of the ATP Cup and looking good at the Aussie Open before a round of 16 withdrawal against Stefanos Tsitsipas with an injury.
Berrettini missed some of the tournaments after the Aussie Open and made his return on the clay. He has been in good touch winning the ATP 250 in Belgrade, his fourth career title and continuing his good form to make the finals at the Madrid Masters, losing a tight final to Alexander Zverev
With a good draw here at Roland Garros, he has made the most of it, after a blip in the opener dropping a set against Taro Daniel. He has since been in clinical touch defeating Federico Coria of Argentina effortlessly and coming out strong in a well matched encounter with Korean Kwon Soon-woo and setting himself up well for a very challenging week two here.
Federer v Berrettini Prediction and Tip
Before the match begins, the big question mark is if Federer plays any more at this year’s French Open and based on his comments in the press conference there is a possibility that he may not.
Given that the fourth round encounter does proceed, Berrettini starts as a favorite given the form he has been in, and that Federer will not want to push himself anymore as he seems content with his progress and will want to rest up as much as he can for the grass.
Expect Berrettini to win in four sets.