“To Let Go the Disappointment”: Matteo Berrettini Reveals Euro 2020 Helped Him to Overcome Wimbledon Finals Loss’ Misery

Published 07/15/2021, 10:37 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 Italian national soccer team won the 2020 European Championships on Sunday, after beating England on penalties. Italians celebrated their second title in style, as the whole country took to the streets. However, Matteo Berrettini could not give his compatriots a double delight, having lost his Wimbledon Championships final to Novak Djokovic.

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With his run, the World No. 8 became the first Italian to reach the men’s singles final at the Wimbledon Championships. Matteo, however, believes that Italy’s Euros success has overshadowed his loss in the final against Djokovic.

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I was more nervous than my parents: Matteo Berrettini

The Italian tennis star rushed after his final at the All England Club to the Wembley Stadium. He was watching the Euro final along with his girlfriend and Australian tennis star, Ajla Tomljanovic. He was cheering for the team after their win during the penalty shootout, and he also met with the team on the ground.

I wanted to see this match live to try to let the disappointment go. It was cool. I was more nervous than my parents were during my Wimbledon final. I’m really happy with the final and hopefully it will not be my last one here or my last one in a Slam,” said Berrettini in an interview with Tennis365.

Berrettini won the Queen’s Club Championships before the event at SW19 began. He was in proper form before the tournament’s commencement, having beaten Cameron Norrie at the Queen’s Club Championships.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021, Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in action during his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Paul Childs

Berrettini will come back to win the title at SW19

Matteo Berrettini created history after his semifinal win, becoming the first Italian to reach the Wimbledon final. However, he could not pass the final hurdle against a dominant and strong Novak Djokovic. In his interview, Berrettini did mention that this will not be his final appearance in the final, as he wants to come back and win it.

I know that I can win this Wimbledon title. I’m not sure if I’m going to do it, but I know I can do it. So that’s what I’m going to do in the next weeks, in the next months and years: try to lift the trophy,” said Berrettini.

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In a sweet gesture towards the tennis star, the Italian president, Sergio Mattarella, also celebrated his runners up achievement alongside the country’s soccer triumph. Matteo is gradually, but certainly, emerging as a strong force in the tennis world. After all, it isn’t easy to take a set off Nole, especially when the Serb is high on confidence.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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