Matteo Berrettini says his shock Roland Garros exit has left him feeling ‘upset and bad,’ although he claims the conditions played a part.
World number eight Berrettini was the strong favourite against Altmaier, who is barely inside the top 200.
However, the German comprehensively outclassed Berrettini, specifically targeting his weaker backhand wing throughout before sealing a memorable 6-2, 7-6 )7-5), 6-4 win.
“[I’m] pretty upset,” Matteo Berrettini admitted after the match.
“I was really feeling bad on the court. I’m feeling bad now,”
“Didn’t play well in the big stage. It’s painful. But I guess that’s tennis.
“For me, I felt the conditions were pretty heavy. I tried to fight.
“I tried to play with what I had, but wasn’t enough. I think he really deserved the win.”
For Altmaier, though, it was a landmark win against a top ten player on a Grand Slam stage, and he was understandably thrilled.
“My coach and I have been working so hard to be here, and while I’ve struggled with a few injuries, I am super pleased it’s at Roland Garros,” Altmeir said.
“Before qualifying, I was struggling with an injury, so I wasn’t sure I was going to play. I hope the crowd and the TV audience enjoyed watching, as I want to entertain.”
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