After Adriano Panatta at Roland Garros in 1976, Matteo Berrettini at Wimbledon in 2021. After 45 years there will be an Italian again to occupy a set of a Grand Slam final. Not even the best of writers would have been able to frame events so well.
Berrettini, in the lot of favorites on the eve of the tournament, with the finish line in plain sight, does not let himself be intimidated even by Hubert Hurkacz, executioner of Daniil Medvedev and Roger Federer. Rather. After a very complicated sixth game (which grabs the advantages) the blue player spreads completely with a mega-partial of 11-0 and perfectly blocks the opponent's comeback attempt.
The 6-3 6-0 6-7 (3) 6-4 that matures on the threshold of three hours of play is practically a logical consequence. After Nicola Pietrangeli, the aforementioned Adriano Panatta, Giorgio de Stefani, Francesca Schiavone, Sara Errani, Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci, Berrettini joins the club of the Slam finalists.
It should also be said that no one had ever succeeded in the courts of Church Road. Obviously Novak Djokovic was present on the opposite side, chasing the sixth seal on the Londoner and above all the twentieth Slam title. Dreaming arrived at this remains permissible.
Into the history books 🇮🇹@MattBerrettini becomes the first Italian player to reach a singles final at #Wimbledon, beating Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-4 pic.twitter.com/NkKbXbuaQC — Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2021