The first set was as good as it got for Matteo. Just as this year’s Wimbledon final, the Serb triumphed in four sets taming the big serve of the Italian by serving great himself. Both had 61% on first serve, Novak having the most points won on first serve. Please excuse me by acting like a groupie for Novak but that guy has one of the greatest defense of all time. Check out 3-2 (15-15). The lob kind of caused confusion in Matteo’s head , I could just see the self doubt creep in from the body language. Berrettini hitting the net was the proof of that. More times than not , when Djokovic eventually loses serve it is down to the opponent playing almost unreturnable winners. The passing shot at 5-5(40-30) is again proof of Berrettini being more than just a good server. Yes, hard courts are Djokovic’s bread and butter. But his grass court like serve and volleying can be tasty too. Watch 1-1 first point in the second set.
Djokovic did his homework on Berrettini. He knew the tendency for Matteo to come to the net often (check out 2-1 (15-0) ) so he used that lob to good effect. Once more that return of serve from Novak probably wasn’t what Matteo was expecting, with pace taken off it. The following point is probably the point of the match, third set 4-1 adv Berrettini. Matteo hit what normally is a sure winner of a serve, wide and away from court. The return by Novak is from another planet, you just cannot play against that. It is pretty easy to feel deflated having lost two sets playing some awesome tennis. Matteo’s head didn’t go down. Check out first game of the 4th at 15-0. The best all rounder won the match for me , deservedly so it was Novak. He could find an extra gear that Matteo couldn’t on the big points. He meets Sascha Zverev in the semis and is just two games away from a calendar grand slam(all 4 Slams in a year). He would be the first Men’s player to achieve the feat in 51 years.