After winning the title at Queen's, Matteo Berrettini became one of the players to watch at Wimbledon. The 7th seed proved that over the last two weeks at the All England Club, playing on a high level and toppling six rivals to advance into the first Major final.
Thus, Berrettini became the first Italian player in the Wimbledon final and the fourth player from his country in a title clash at one of four most prestigious tennis events. In the semis, Matteo defeated Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 6-0, 6-7, 6-4 in two hours and 36 minutes for a career-best result, previously losing to Rafael Nadal in the US Open semi-final.
The Pole took down Roger Federer two days ago, but he stood no chance today despite a valiant effort in the second set, outplayed by Berrettini completely and forced to finish his journey in the last four. The Italian faced only two break chances in the entire clash, never losing serve and keeping the pressure on his rival with six successful return games from ten opportunities.
Also, Berrettini fired 60 winners and under 20 unforced errors to tame his strokes nicely and move over the top in style. Matteo saved a break point in the opening set's sixth game and kept the pressure on the other side with three solid return games.
Hubert came back from 40-0 down in game three to avoid an early setback and squandered that lone chance on the return when Matteo fired a service winner. Berrettini forced Hurkacz's mistake in the seventh game to move in front and clinched the set with another successful return game at 5-3.
Matteo Berrettini ousted Hubert Hurkacz for the first Major final.
Hubert sprayed a forehand mistake in the last point, and he had to raise his level in set number two if he wanted to stay in contention with the better-ranked opponent.
Instead of that, the Italian was the only player in set number two, taking 25 out of 33 points and delivering a bagel for a massive advantage. Hurkacz grabbed only four points in his games and couldn't do much against 11 winners and one unforced error from his opponent.
The set was barely 20 minutes old when Matteo placed a forehand down the line winner in the sixth game to close it and become a massive favorite to seal the deal in the third. With no room for errors, Hurkacz managed to follow Berrettini's pace in the third set and survived a couple of deuces in the closing stages to reach a tie break.
Making no wrong steps, Hubert claimed it 7-3 to get his name on the scoreboard and extend his chances. Staying calm, Matteo started all over in the fourth set, serving well and earning a break in the opening game to control the scoreboard.
Serving at 3-5, Hubert fended off a match point with a service winner before Matteo held at 15 in game ten to wrap up the victory and advance into the final.