“I Have No Words”: Matteo Berrettini Starstruck After Creating History at Wimbledon 2021

Published 07/09/2021, 12:42 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Italy’s Matteo Berrettini reacts during his quarter final match against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Matteo Berrettini continued his untamed display on this year’s grass in his Wimbledon 2021 semifinal encounter. Facing the highly talented youngster Hubert Hurkacz, Berrettini put on a relentless show on Centre Court.

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After a convincing four sets victory, the 7th seed reached his first ever Grand Slam final.

Berrettini-Hurkacz match starts in the balance

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The first half an hour was an evenly contested battle from both players. In fact, it was Hurkacz who looked more in the zone during the initial stages of the match. Both players were confident and holding their serves in symmetrical manners.

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In the 6th game of the first set, the momentum shifted. Berrettini saved break points to hold serve and never looked back from then on. The powerful Italian slammed numerous winners past Hurkacz in what followed.

Berrettini secured the next 10 games of the match, winning the first 2 sets in the process. It was a stunning visual for all to see, as Berrettini totally took the zing out of Hurkacz’s shots.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 9, 2021 Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in action during his semi final match against Itay’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Toby Melville

Berrettini lays one hand on title

There were minimal expectations from the Polish prodigy Hurkacz at the start of the tournament. However, after taking out Daniil Medvedev and Roger Federer in consecutive matches, many had predicted a real battle on the cards.

The Pole surely made Berrettini work hard; yet, the World No.9 was just relentless in his pursuit of reaching the final. He gave Hurkacz no time to get a grip on the game. After a minor lapse of concentration in set three, Italy’s Berrettini succeeded 6-3 6-0 6-7(3) 6-4.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 9, 2021 Itay’s Matteo Berrettini reacts during his semi final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Toby Melville

Berrettini’s statistics will be very encouraging for him and his team as they look forward to Sunday. Having one of the biggest serves in his armory, the former US Open semifinalist sent down 22 aces in the match.

He also hit 60/18 winners/unforced errors, which any player in the world would be delighted with. Berrettini outplayed Hurkacz in every department possible.

 

Dream come true for Matteo Berrettini

Speaking in his post-match interview, Matteo said, “I have no words, really. I need a couple of hours to understand what happened. I played a great match. My family is there, my team. I never dreamt about this because it was too much.

“When you play at this level, you try to be at your best at everything. I felt that I deserved to win the 3rd set, I was feeling the better player and that was I told to myself. It worked.” 

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Heading into the big final, it seems like the big-hitting Italian has all the bases covered. Notwithstanding his flawless game play, it will be a difficult match irrespective of whom Berrettini comes up against.

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The big question is whether ‘Marvelous Matteo’ can bring his A-game on the biggest stage of them all, and uphold his mental strength to claim the glittering cup.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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