London, July 9 (MNN) Seventh seed Matteo Berrettini held on to his nerve to defeat Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-4 on Friday and secure a berth in the final of the Wimbledon men’s singles category here.
In the process, the Italian became the first player – man or woman – from his country to reach the singles final at The Championships after an emphatic victory on Friday.
In a battle of first-time Wimbledon semi-finalists, the seventh seed — who also reached the 2019 US Open semi-finals — did not lose his serve across four sets and saved both of the break points he faced on the Centre Court here.
Berrettini blasted 60 winners, including 22 aces, against his Polish rival as he powered his way to his first Grand Slam final.
Hubert Hurkacz later tweeted: “I fought but @MattBerrettini
was better today. It will be an unforgettable tournament for me. Thank you for the great support I felt throughout the tournament.”
Berrettini will next challenge the winner of world number 1 Novak Djokovic or 10th seeded lefty Denis Shapovalov as he seeks to keep making Italian history at Wimbledon.
A victory at the end of the fortnight would make him the first Italian man to lift a Grand Slam trophy since Adriano Panatta’s 1976 triumph at Roland Garros.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed a strong grass-court season, after claiming the Serbia Open title and reaching the Mutua Madrid Open final (l. to Zverev) on clay.
The Italian didn’t miss a beat as he switched surfaces, building up an 11-match winning streak starting with his victory at the cinch Championships at the Queen’s Club, his first ATP 500 trophy.
Berrettini carried that momentum into the All England Club, where he raced into his second Grand Slam semi-final after taking down good friend and 16th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in four sets.
Hurkacz, who had to score a career-best victory over World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev and childhood idol Roger Federer, the sixth seed, en route to the last four, came out of the gate flat-footed and struggled to recover ground as Berrettini got going on Centre Court.
Berrettini is the eighth Italian player, man or woman, to reach a Grand Slam singles final – after Pietrangeli (4 appearances), Francesca Schiavone (2), and de Stefani, Sara Errani, Panatta, Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci (all one).
Italian Men In Grand Slam Finals (all-time)
Player Finals Reached
Nicola Pietrangeli (4) 1959-61, 1964 Roland Garros
Matteo Berrettini (1) 2021 Wimbledon
Adriano Panatta (1) 1976 Roland Garros
Giorgio de Stefani (1) 1934 Roland Garros