LONDON — Roger Federer got back on track at the ATP Finals, beating Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (2), 6-3 on Tuesday for his first victory of the round-robin stage.
Federer earned the only break point of the first set at 6-5, but the Italian saved it with a forehand volley. In the tiebreaker, Berrettini double-faulted to hand Federer a 5-2 lead and netted a forehand rebound on set point.Federer broke Berrettini to open the second set, but had to overcome a slight wobble at 4-3. Federer trailed 15-40 in that game and had to save three break points in total before holding with an ace.
He broke again to seal the win when Berrettini netted a forehand.
Federer has failed to reach the semifinals only once in his previous 16 appearances, in 2008.