Matteo Berrettini is targeting a Wimbledon and Euro 2020 double for Italy before of his match against Hubert Hurkacz.
In today’s Wimbledon semi-finals, Matteo Berrettini will face Hubert Hurkacz.
This weekend, Matteo Berrettini wants to see Italian sporting history being made at Wimbledon and Wembley. Since 1960, the dashing world No. 9 is the first man from the Bel Paese to reach the SW19 semi-finals. And the Fiorentina supporter is only two wins away from completing his part of a memorable Italian sporting double in London.
“Right now, everything is crazy,” he remarked. “I’m hoping for two Italian victories in London on Sunday; it would be such a momentous day.”
Novak Djokovic, who plays Denis Shapovalov today, is the overwhelming favorite to win a record-tying 20th Grand Slam title.
Berrettini, who watched the Italy-Spain game with Felix Auger-Aliassime before their quarter-final, will face Hubert Hurkacz in the other semi, ensuring a first-time Grand Slam finalist.
Nicola Pietrangeli, now 87, was the only other Italian man to reach the last four, where he was defeated in five sets by Rod Laver.
Berrettini beams, “It makes me really, really proud to realize that it’s been 61 years.”
“This year, my father will be 59 years old. So my father didn’t even exist! I’ve accomplished something truly magnificent.
“I’ll try not to come to a halt here. Tennis history is being written right now, and I’m a part of it. Bello! And I don’t want to come to a halt here.”
Berrettini lost to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final in 2019 and Rafael Nadal in the US Open semi-final later that year.
However, he remains unbeaten in eleven matches on grass, including the biggest title of his career at Queen’s Club, to rival Roberto Mancini’s team.
Instead of facing Federer in a rematch, he will face world No. 18 Hurkacz.
The two first faced in Australian Open qualification in 2018, with the Italian coming out on top, but the Pole got his revenge in April when he won the Miami Open.
“I think things have changed for me compared to 2019,” said the No. 7 seed, who will face Aljaz Tomljanovic in the first round.
“He’s had a fantastic season, beating both Daniil (Medvedev) and Roger. It will be difficult, but I am confident that I can succeed.”
Denis Shapovalov, Andy Murray’s conqueror, will then attempt to inflict a maiden Grand Slam defeat. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”