Tennis Grand Slams: Who is the greatest of all time?
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Matteo Berrettini booked his place in the Wimbledon Men’s Singles final with a 6-3 6-0 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 win over Hubert Hurkacz on Friday. Berrettini’s win sets up a potential double triumph for Italian sport on Sunday, with Italy taking on England at Wembley in the final of Euro 2020.
Speaking ahead of his semi-final clash with Hurkacz, Berrettini said: “Everything is crazy right now. I really hope there will be two Italian wins in London on Sunday – it would be such an historic day.”
He added: “I think it’s really nice to watch the matches. Since I was a kid, I was watching the Nazionale, the Italian team, the football team.
“It’s something that unify us like nothing… I wish, and I think eventually also for tennis it’s going to be like this because there are so many guys.
“We are achieving great results. I think we’re bringing tennis also [into] Italian houses, which is great.”
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In order to win his final, Berrettini will have to beat either world number one Novak Djokovic or Canadian star Denis Shapovalov, with the pair due to meet in their semi-final clash later today.
However, simply by reaching the final Berrettini has made history, becoming the first Italian to reach a Wimbledon singles final by beating Hurkacz.
Before the game, Berrettini admitted that he was wary of the threat that Hurkacz posed, with the Polish star defeating the legendary Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.
“Playing Hubert is going to be really tough,” Berrettini said. “He beat Daniil, beat Roger in a row, and he’s feeling good. He’s having a great season so far, so it’s going to be tough one.”
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After a dominant start which saw him win the opening two sets 6-3 6-0, Hurkacz won a tie break in the third set and threatened to mount a comeback .
However, Berrettini dug deep to get the win, winning the fourth set 6-4.
The victory takes the Italian, who is now unbeaten in his last 11 singles matches, to his first Grand Slam final and comes off the back of a win at the Queen’s Club Championships last month.
Speaking after his win, Berrettini said: “I have no words, really, thanks and I need a couple of hours to understand what happened.
“I played a great match, I enjoyed the crowd, my family and whole team are there. I think I never dreamed about this because it was too much for a dream. I am so happy.”
Speaking on BBC TV, three-time Wimbledon singles champions John McEnroe was full of praise for the Italian.
He said: “Outstanding. Matteo Berrettini came ready to play and with a lot of confidence and really took it to Hurkacz.”
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