As the Italian reaches the final, Matteo Berrettini sets up a Wimbledon and Euro 2020 double.
The men’s singles final at Wimbledon has been reached by Matteo Berrettini.
With a 6-3 6-0 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 victory over Hubert Hurkacz on Friday, Matteo Berrettini qualified for the Wimbledon Men’s Singles final. Berrettini’s victory sets up a potential double victory for Italian sport on Sunday, when Italy takes on England in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
Berrettini commented ahead of his semi-final match against Hurkacz, “Everything is wild right now.” I’m hoping for two Italian victories in London on Sunday; it would be a historic day.”
“I believe it’s incredibly pleasant to watch the matches,” he continued. I’ve been a fan of the Italian national team, the Nazionale, since I was a child.
“It’s something that brings us together like nothing else… I wish it were like way, and I believe it will be that way for tennis in the future because there are so many men.
“We’re having a lot of success. I believe we are also bringing tennis into Italian homes, which is fantastic.”
Berrettini will have to defeat either world number one Novak Djokovic or Canadian star Denis Shapovalov in the final, with the two scheduled to face in the semi-finals later today.
Berrettini, though, has created history simply by reaching the final, becoming the first Italian to reach a Wimbledon singles final by defeating Hurkacz.
Berrettini said before the match that he was concerned of Hurkacz’s threat, citing the Polish star’s quarter-final victory over the famous Roger Federer.
“Playing Hubert will be extremely difficult,” Berrettini remarked. “He beat Daniil and Roger in a succession, and he’s in terrific spirits. He’s had a fantastic season so far, so it’ll be a tough one.”
Hurkacz won a tie break in the third set and threatened to create a comeback after a strong start in which he won the first two sets 6-3 6-0.
Berrettini, on the other hand, dug deep to win the fourth set, 6-4.
The victory advances the Italian to his first Grand Slam final, following a win at the Queen’s Club Championships last month. He is now unbeaten in his previous 11 singles matches.
“I have no words, really, thanks, and I need a couple of hours to realize what happened,” Berrettini said after his victory.
“I did a fantastic job.” Brinkwire Summary News