Roger Federer is through to the Wimbledon quarters
After Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic comfortably sealed their places in the last eight earlier in the day, Federer stepped onto Centre Court for what looked on paper to be a tough match against one of the in-form players on grass.
But after a strong opening service game by Berrettini, it was painfully easy match for the Swiss star.
Federer broke his man twice in both of the first two sets to lead 6-1 6-2 as he dealt with his opponent’s big serve with ease.
In the third set, Berrettini’s serve did improve but not enough to withstand the onslaught from Federer and the Swiss completed victory with a volley to the delight of the crowd.
Roger Federer has eased into the lasy 16 of Wimbledon
ROGER FEDERER VS MATTEO BERRETTINI AS IT HAPPENED
THIRD SET (*denotes server)
*FEDERER 6-1 6-2 6-2 BERRETTINI
Federer forehand winner, 15-0. Federer drop volley, 30-0. Three match points. GAME. SET. MATCH. FEDERER.
FEDERER 6-1 6-2 5-2 BERRETTINI*
Berrettini looking something like a player now as he holds to love. A little too late though.
*FEDERER 6-1 6-2 5-1 BERRETTINI
Another love hold for Federer.
FEDERER 6-1 6-2 4-1 BERRETTINI*
A nice round of applause for Berrettini as he holds to 15.
Roger Federer won the second set 6-2
*FEDERER 6-1 6-2 4-0 BERRETTINI
Oh my. What’s happening?! Berrettini has a break point after a nice drop volley. But the Italian nets a backhand slice. Poor.
Federer sees out the danger to hold.
FEDERER 6-1 6-2 3-0 BERRETTINI*
Berrettini has got just 33 per cent of first serves in today. And is winning just 37 per cent of points on his second serve.
20 unforced errors as well. Just an error filled day for the 17th seed. Great speed from Federer to reach a Berrettini drop shot and flicks away the smash.
Saved with a forehand winner. Second break point for Federer as Berrettini puts a volley long. And he breaks when Federer’s return catches the line and Berrettini slips trying to hit the forehand.
*FEDERER 6-1 6-2 2-0 BERRETTINI
Perhaps the big stage just caught up with Berrettini. Maybe I’m underestimating Federer’s brilliance. Either way, this has been an astoundingly one-sided match.
FEDERER 6-1 6-2 1-0 BERRETTINI*
Federer forehand winner, 0-30. Another Berrettini error, three break points. Oh dear. Berrettini tries a deft drop volley but gets it hopelessly wrong.
Awful from the Italian. Federer breaks.
*FEDERER 6-1 6-2 BERRETTINI
First double fault of the match from Federer, 15-15. Big serve from Federer, two set points. And he wraps it up when Berrettini puts a forehand long.
So easy for Federer at the moment.
FEDERER 6-1 5-2 BERRETTINI*
Federer hits a Rafael Nadal-style forehand banana shot which catches out Berrettini, 0-30. Two break points Federer. Berrettini nets an attempted drop shot.
And Federer gets the double break. This has been a mismatch so far.
Roger Federer won the first set 6-1
*FEDERER 6-1 4-2 BERRETTINI
Federer nets a volley after a good Berrettini return, 40-30. But he holds again. He’s won 88 per cent of points on his first serve.
FEDERER 6-1 3-2 BERRETTINI*
Better from Berrettini as he strikes down a couple of big serves. Still a huge mountain to climb.
*FEDERER 6-1 3-1 BERRETTINI
Federer doing everything so quickly. Taking time away from Berrettini, who barely has time to react. Federer holds to love again.
FEDERER 6-1 2-1 BERRETTINI*
Awful smash from Berrettini flies well wide, 15-30. Big wide serve, 30-all. Great rally but it ends with Berrettini shanking a forehand wide. Break point.
And Federer breaks when Berrettini can’t put his forehand pass in play.
*FEDERER 6-1 1-1 BERRETTINI
First test on the Federer service game as he is stretched to 40-30. But he comes through again.
FEDERER 6-1 0-1 BERRETTINI*
Relief for Berrettini as he holds and ends Federer’s five-game streak. That might settle the Italian.
*FEDERER 6-1 BERRETTINI
Federer serves out the set to love with an ace. 17 minute first set. A masterclass from the Swiss.
FEDERER 5-1 BERRETTINI*
Berrettini nets a forehand, 0-30. But Federer nets a backhand to concede his lead, 30-all. Break point Federer as Berrettini nets a backhand. And another backhand into the net.
Double break for Federer.
*FEDERER 4-1 BERRETTINI
Federer drops his first point on serve but he consolidates the break. Just 12 minutes played. Quick start to the match.
FEDERER 3-1 BERRETTINI*
Berrettini nets a forehand, 15-all. Then a double fault, 15-30. And he goes long with a forehand, two break points. And Federer breaks with a smash winner. Ideal start from the Swiss.
*FEDERER 2-1 BERRETTINI
Federer holds to love. But again Berrettini is showing he has a lot of power in his shots.
FEDERER 1-1 BERRETTINI*
6ft5in Berrettini showcasing his big serve and heavy groundstrokes. Very impressive hold to love.
*FEDERER 1-0 BERRETTINI
Federer holds serve to love in just over a minute. Very fast start.
17:55: Federer to serve first…
17:50: Just as Federer and Berrettini walk onto Centre, Djokovic completes a 6-3 6-2 6-3 win over Humbert.
17:40: It is all over on Centre at Konta finally gets the job done winning 4-6 6-2 6-4. Federer and Berrettini will be on shortly.
Meanwhile, Djokovic now leads Humbert by a break in the third set – 6-3 6-2 4-3.
17:35: Centre Court update – Konta leads Kvitova 4-6 6-2 5-4. Court 1 update – Djokovic leads Humbert 6-3 6-2 2-3.
17:20: Centre Court update – Konta leads Kvitova 4-6 6-2 5-2. Court 1 update – Djokovic leads Humbert 6-3 6-2.
17:10: Centre Court update – Konta leads Kvitova 4-6 6-2 4-1. Court 1 update – Djokovic leads Humbert 6-3 4-2.
17:00: Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic is in complete control against Ugo Humbert. He leads by a set and a break on Court 1.
16:55: Federer and Berrettini will be on court after the match between Jo Konta and Petra Kvitova. It is into a final set in that match with the score 1-1.
16:45: Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of Roger Federer’s fourth-round clash against Matteo Berrettini at Wimbledon.