Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini couldn't hide his happiness and excitement after reaching his maiden Grand Slam final at Wimbledon. Berrettini, ranked at No. 9 in the world, handed a 6*3 6-0 6-7 (3) 6-4 loss to Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon semifinal.
"[My] first Slam final, I'm just so, so happy for everything. My year started in a good way, with the finals in ATP Cup. Then I got injured again. I kind of saw those ghosts again of my body kind of struggling," Berrettini reflected in his post-match press conference.
"Again, I came back stronger. I think I fully deserve to be here. I want to enjoy like I did today. I want to enjoy my first final. Whoever's going to win today, I just appreciate what's happening. So I'm very happy."
Berrettini felt confident in his chances against Hurkacz
"[My emotions] are all over the place. At the same time, I think I handled the situation pretty well," Berrettini said. "[When] I stepped in the court, I was feeling confident.
I knew that I could win the match. I think I played my best match so far. So I'm really happy for my performance. "Especially after the third set... I felt I could win that set, also win the match, but [that] didn't happen.
I said to myself, 'You're playing better than him, so keep going like this and you're going to win.' " Hurkacz, who beat Roger Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinal, gave credit to Berrettini for the way he played on Friday.
“Matteo played [an] unbelievable match today. Huge congrats to him. Every single service game, he was serving bombs. I didn't have many chances, basically zero,” Hurkacz said. “Huge congrats for him that he kept such a high level throughout the whole four sets.
He played really well”. Next up for Berrettini will be Novak Djokovic, who beat Denis Shapovalov in the second semifinal.