Carlos Alcaraz faced a formidable challenge on Monday as he took on Matteo Berrettini, the 2021 finalist, in a thrilling Wimbledon match. After an intense battle, Alcaraz emerged victorious with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3, securing his spot in the quarter-finals of the tournament for the first time.
At the beginning of the match (Alcaraz)
Berrettini unleashed a series of powerful shots, showcasing his expertise on grass courts. However, Alcaraz quickly found his rhythm in returning Berrettini’s shots on Centre Court and held onto it throughout the three-hour and four-minute contest.
Speaking in his post-match interview, Alcaraz acknowledged the difficulty of the match, recognizing Berrettini as a highly skilled player who had reached the grass court final before. Despite losing the first set, Alcaraz remained confident that he would have opportunities to turn the tide in his favor. He emphasized the importance of maintaining focus and composure, which he had been working on, and expressed his satisfaction with his performance in that regard. Alcaraz was thrilled to make a comeback and deliver an outstanding performance.
As the players reached 2-2 in the fourth set, tournament officials decided to close the roof due to fading daylight. This brief interruption, lasting about 15 minutes, also brought about a change in the playing conditions. However, Berrettini, who had initially been uncertain about participating in the tournament due to an injury, did not have enough time to shift the momentum in his favor amidst the altered circumstances. Alcaraz, the top seed, took advantage of the situation and asserted control over the match.