Italy's Matteo Berrettini was struggling a bit during his Wimbledon opener but the enormous confidence that he possesses right now helped him make it past Guido Pella. Berrettini, who recently made it all the way at the Queen's Club, beat Pella in four sets 6-1 3-6 6-4 6-0.
The two players were tied at 4-4 in the third set, before Berrettini claimed four consecutive breaks and won eight games in a row to book a four-set win. “[My level of confidence was] definitely something that helped me today when things got a little bit complicated,” said Berrettini.
“Sometimes you win also with the confidence that you feel in yourself. Today, especially in the third set, I used that as a weapon to overtake him."
Berrettini confident he can make a deep Wimbledon run
“I know that I have the level [to go far].
I have the weapons. Also, the mental mindset to get there. But every match is a fight, every match is really difficult. I have to go step-by-step now," Berrettini said. Meanwhile, Kei Nishikori beat Alexei Popyrin 6-4 6-4 6-4 to record his 100th Grand Slam win.
"I started really well. I think it the first set I was a little bit shaky, but in the second and third sets, I played really good solid points," Nishikori said. "I served well and I think the return was key. I broke one game in each set, so I am really happy with how I played today."
France's Jeremy Chardy saw off Aslan Karatsev 7-6 (4) 7-6 (6) 6-3. "To be back at Wimbledon is very special," Chardy said. "I love to play on grass. I was lucky to spend one week at home before the tournament, so I was really happy to enjoy that with the family.
I am really happy with my match today, I think I played a really solid match from the beginning to the end." Also, Nick Kyrgios edged out Ugo Humbert 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-1 9-7. "I knew I was a massive underdog. It didn't take too much to get me off my couch in Australia...
the atmosphere last night was one of my favourite memories!" Kyrgios said. "I was in so much pain physically after last night, been a long time since I've played... I'm using this as a change of scenery really. I'm gonna go to the hotel, play some Call of Duty with my girlfriend and come back out again!"