Matteo Berrettini's march towards the second consecutive title at the Queen's continues, in search of a successful feat in history only for a small elite of tennis players, all Grand Slam winners. The Italian tennis player wins again, and this time he does it by dominating against the American Tommy Paul.
Matteo only suffers at the start of the game but then raises his level, takes advantage of a rather bad day with his opponent's forehand and wins in an hour and a quarter with a score of 6-4 6-2. Botic Van De Zandschulp is waiting for him in the semifinals, who eliminated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina without too many problems.
In the interview on the sidelines, Berrettini was much more satisfied than yesterday, saying he was confident of reaching the end of the tournament.
Matteo Berrettini: "At Wimbledon to win"
The Italian tennis player began by joking with the interviewer, congratulating him on the shirt.
Berrettini then commented on the match against Paul: "I'm really happy. I didn't start as I wanted but I knew I would have recovered the break. Today it was difficult because it was very hot. I fought, the more I played and the more I felt confidence."
Berrettini then revealed that his recovery from the hand injury that forced him to have surgery and his rapid rehabilitation are the merit of his staff, whom he promptly thanked. "I recovered thanks to my physiotherapists, my doctor and the love of my family, who helped me a lot.
Then I fought a lot to be able to get back on the grass, especially here," said the current number 10 in the world. Ultimately, the 26-year-old from Rome said he was focused on finishing this tournament in the best possible way, before thinking about the Wimbledon goal: "Going to the final at Wimbledon? Maybe, but at the moment I'm thinking about this tournament.
I am the reigning champion and I want to win. Then maybe I'll rest for a week and try to do the same things I did last year at Wimbledon, or maybe even better."