09 Jul 2021: 2021 Wimbledon: Matteo Berrettini advances to his first major final
Seventh seed Matteo Berrettini advanced to his first Grand Slam final after beating Hubert Hurkacz in the semi-final of 2021 Wimbledon. The 25-year-old became the first finalist in London this year, having defeated Hurkacz 6-3, 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-4. Berrettini will play either world number one Novak Djokovic or 10th seed Denis Shapovalov in the grand finale. Here are further details.
Match: How did the match pan out?
The first set was evenly contested, with both Berrettini and Hurkacz playing with zeal. However, the Italian broke first to win the first set 6-3. Berrettini further raised his game, winning the second set 6-0 in just 23 minutes. Hurkacz made a terrific comeback in the next set. He comprehensively won the tie-break. The former finally sailed through by winning the fourth set.
Berrettini: First Italian to reach singles final at Wimbledon
Berrettini has become the first Italian (man or woman) to reach a singles final at Wimbledon. He is just the third man from his country to reach a Grand Slam championship match. Earlier this year, Berrettini reached the quarter-final at Roland Garros. Before the ongoing tournament, his best run at a major came in the 2019 US Open when he reached the semis.
Record: Berrettini is 32-6 in the season
Berrettini now has a 24-5 tour-level record on grass. He has extended his winning streak on the surface to 11 matches. This was his first ATP match-win against Hurkacz. The Italian boasts a win-loss record of 32-6 in the ongoing season. Ahead of 2021 Wimbledon, Berrettini triumphed at the Queen's Club Championships, where he lifted the biggest trophy of his career.
Fact: 2021 Wimbledon: Three first-time semi-finalists
There were three first-time Wimbledon men's singles semi-finalists, Berrettini, Hurkacz, and Shapovalov, for the first time in 15 years. Notably, Rafael Nadal, Jonas Bjorkman, and Marcos Baghdatis advanced to the last four in the 2006 edition of Wimbledon.
Battle: History beckons as Berrettini reaches Wimbledon final
Only three Italian men other than Berrettini have reached a major final, Nicola Pietrangeli (1959-1961, 1964 Roland Garros), Adriano Panatta (1976 Roland Garros), and Giorgio de Stefani (1934 Roland Garros). Berrettini will next challenge the winner of second semi-final between Djokovic and Shapovalov. He could become the first Italian man to lift a major trophy since Panatta, who won the 1976 French Open.
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