Matteo Berrettini Commemorated By President Sergio Mattarella After Creating Italian History

Published 07/13/2021, 12:00 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 9, 2021 Itay’s Matteo Berrettini celebrates winning his semi final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Toby Melville


The tennis world backed Matteo Berrettini as he appeared in his maiden Grand Slam final at Wimbledon 2021. The Italian gave a tough fight to World No.1 Novak Djokovic, who is at the top of his game currently.

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A monumental throw of the dice by Matteo Berrettini

The 7th seed Berrettini managed to take the opening set off Novak in a resilient comeback. Sadly though, Berrettini didn’t have enough left in the tank.

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Djokovic brought out his best tennis to tame the Italian bull in four grueling sets. Despite looking very nervous at the start, the inspiration from the crowd fueled Matteo’s tennis as the match shaped up.

The Roman powerhouse had the spirit of a lion, which even Djokovic applauded. The Centre Court crowd was treated to sporting royalty of the highest quality. One of the top players of the ‘Next Gen’, Berrettini pummeled an astounding 57 winners past Djokovic, who is arguably the best defensive player that the sport has seen.

It was a glum ending for Berrettini, but the never-say-die attitude of the Italian gained him plaudits all over the globe.

President Mattarella applauds Berrettini’s achievement

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy after winning his final match alongside Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/Steven Paston

In honor of his excellence on and off the court, Italian President Sergio Mattarella had a public ceremony to award Berrettini’s efforts. On a night when the Azzurri clinched the European Championships at Wembley, Matteo’s performance was brushed under the carpet.

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However, it was a great gesture from the President, who made sure that the efforts of the Italian didn’t go unnoticed. Both the national football team and Berrettini gathered and were commemorated in a joyous celebration of Italian sport.

 

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Being his first ever major final, it was understandable that Berrettini probably did not have the best of outings. But the World No.8 will surely strive to feature more often on the big stages. Already being a US Open semifinalist, Berrettini will look to improve on that performance in this year’s US swing.

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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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