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  • July 9, 2021

Novak Djokovic beats Denis Shapovalov to reach the final

Meanwhile, seventh seed Matteo Berrettini held strong against the spirited comeback of Pole Hubert Hurkacz to become the first Italian to reach the Wimbledon final on Friday with a 6-3, 6-0, 6-7 (3) , 6- 4 win.

It took the 25-year-old two hours and 36 minutes to beat 14th seed Hurkacz on center court to reach the championship game on Sunday, the same day that Italy plays the Euro 2020 soccer final, just a few kilometers away. up the road at Wembley Stadium. against England.

“I have no words,” Berrettini said in his on-court interview. “I need, I think, a couple of hours to understand what happened. I just know that I played a great game. I’m really happy. I am so happy to be here.

“I don’t think I ever dreamed of this because it was too much for a dream.”

Italian Matteo Berrettini is in his first Wimbledon final.Credit:AP

Berrettini’s success in the past fortnight has not been entirely unexpected when he arrived at the All England Club after winning his fifth tour-level title at Queen’s.


He was the first player to win the Wimbledon prep event on his debut since Boris Becker in 1985 and is still on track to match the German’s feat of completing the Queen’s Club-Wimbledon double in the same year.

Friday’s victory also made Berrettini the first Italian to reach a Grand Slam final since Adriano Panatta won the title at Roland Garros in 1976.

It was billed as a close competition between the Wimbledon semifinalists for the first time, who were evenly matched in their ability to serve big and entered the match 1-1 head-to-head.

While Berrettini defeated Hurkacz in straight sets in the Australian Open qualifying draw in 2018, the Pole had returned the favor when they met the following year in Miami.

And after Hurkacz’s quarter-final victory over eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in straight sets, including a bagel in the third, few would have doubted his credentials against Berrettini.

But it was the Italian who got off to a good start and then dominated the contest, with 60 winners, including 22 aces.


All Wimbledon Finals matches are available to stream live and ad-free on Stan Sport with select games on 9GEM.

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