World No. 1 Novak Djokovic enjoyed playing in front of fans on Wednesday evening while they were allowed to be in attendance. During the fourth set of the match against Matteo Berrettini, fans had to leave the stadium because of the curfew.
“I thought the atmosphere was Davis Cup-like, to be honest,” the Serb said, per Tennis Majors. “It was a lot of fans involved, every single point cheering, screaming. Just electric atmosphere out there. Yeah, I’m happy that I had that experience of playing in front of the crowd in the night session….
The crowd lifted him up. He was playing some really powerful tennis. Especially in the third and fourth he served tremendously strong and precise. It was just very difficult to read his serve and play someone like him. “I didn’t mind actually leaving the court because I felt like I needed a little bit of a break and reset.
Yeah, it’s unfortunate for the tournament, for the crowd, to have that curfew. But we knew it before the match. Referee came up to us and said, ‘If it comes close to 11:00, we’ll have to empty the stadium.’ That’s what happened”.
Like Djokovic, Berrettini also enjoyed playing in front of fans
"The fans leaving is something I didn't like. But it's bigger than us. You have to adjust in the situation. It's not the worse thing that happened last year.
It didn't help me. Tennis players have to adjust to everything," Berrettini said. Berrettini was beaten by Djokovic in fourth set but he was happy with the way he fought. "I'm really proud of myself and my team.
But I don't want to stop here. It's my second quarter in a Slam. It's great if I think about from I'm coming, the injuries... But I want it more, I want to do a great Wimbledon, that's my mentality right now," Berrettini said.
Meanwhile, Nadal claimed a straight-set win over Diego Schwartzman to set up a Djokovic semifinal. "I started badly in the second set, then I was able to come back," said Nadal. "But at 4-4, returning with the wind, I played a bad game and hit a double fault in the next game.
I needed to play more aggressively and I did so throughout the rest of the match. I won an important match today against a tough opponent. I was able to find a way to play my best tennis in the moments that I really needed to."