ATP Finals 2019 – Roger Federer vs Matteo Berrettini Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Roger Federer vs Matteo Berrettini taking place? The O2 Arena, London

When is Roger Federer vs Matteo Berrettini on and what time does it start? Tuesday 12th November, 2019 – 14:00 (UK)

What channel is Roger Federer vs Matteo Berrettini on? BBC Two

Where can I stream Roger Federer vs Matteo Berrettini? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Roger Federer vs Matteo Berrettini? https://www.nittoatpfinals.com/en/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Roger Federer vs Matteo Berrettini? Roger Federer beat Matteo Berrettini 6-1, 6-2, 6-2

THE LOWDOWN

ROGER FEDERER

  • Roger Federer lost to Dominic Thiem for the third time this year in a 7-5, 7-5 straight-sets masterclass which showed what the Austrian is capable of doing, though Federer did not look entirely comfortable.
  • Federer has reached the quarter-finals in all but two of his 13 tournaments played this year, not including the different format of the Laver Cup although he did win that alongside Thiem in Team Europe.
  • 38-year-old Federer should have a better time of it against Matteo Berrettini, whom he beat in the round of 16 at Wimbledon this year in clinical fashion, though the Italian will be a tougher prospect now.

MATTEO BERRETTINI

  • Matteo Berrettini might have let the occasion get to him in his debut match at the ATP Finals but to be fair to the young Italian, debuts do not get much harder than an in-form Novak Djokovic chasing the world number one spot.
  • 23-year-old Berrettini should settle into the tournament a fair bit now and should perform better against a foe he has played, and been thrashed by, before as he has something of a siege mentality at times.
  • Berrettini did manage to break Djokovic’s serve which will put him in good stead and he must now draw on all the experience of 2019, including his recent victory over Dominic Thiem in Shanghai who in turn has just defeated his opponent here Federer.

THE PREDICTION

Roger Federer did not look himself out there on Sunday night but it is true that he has a negative record against top 10 players this season, and Dominic Thiem especially seems to have his game fine-tuned to defeat him. That cannot be said for Matteo Berrettini, who was exhausted before facing Roger Federer at Wimbledon this year and was subsequently thrashed, but the Italian has since been a US Open semi-finalist and is showing all the signs of a player who has plenty more to give. This is a strange match-up between two rather different playstyles, but it would be quite miraculous for Federer not to win this one.

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