HISTORY CREATED! Matteo Berrettini Becomes the First Italian To Reach Wimbledon Championships Final

Published 07/09/2021, 11:18 AM 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


It’s semifinal time and we had Matteo Berrettini take on Hubert Hurkacz at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. It was their second meeting and first on the grass. Today, the match was an easy walk for the Italian who ended up winning42 minutes 6-3 6-0 6-7(3) 6-4.

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Set 1: Matteo Berrettini too clinical for the Pole

As the match began, both players held serve with ease. It was only until the seventh game of the set when Matteo Berrettini got a glimpse of a breakpoint and seized his opportunity. 

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In the end, the one break was enough for him to seal the set in his favor. During the set, he served with tremendous accuracy. He hit five aces and 10 winners that helped him make the first real move in the match. After 36 minutes into the match, the Italian won the set 6-3. 

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in action during his quarter final match against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Set 2: Hubert Hurkacz did not turn up for the party

In the following set, Matteo was riding on the momentum after winning the initial set. However, Hubert Hurkacz was handing him things easily and within no time, the Italian clinched the set 6-0 after 23 minutes.  

During the set, Matteo hit 11 winners and just one unforced error. Overall in the set, the Italian won 25 points as compared to the Pole’s eight points. 

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

Set 3: Hubert Hurkacz hangs in there

In the third set, Hurkacz raised his levels and was playing his game with more intent. However, it wasn’t enough as Berrettini was playing with real intent. 

In the 10th game of the set, the Pole did suffer a scare but managed to hold his serve and remain in the match for a little longer. Things got intense as the set had to be decided in a tiebreaker. The Pole won the tiebreaker and thus the set, 7-6(3). 

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Set 4: The Italian sails through to the final 

As the fourth set began, Berrettini got the break in the first game. He consolidated it by holding serve, taking a 2-0 lead. After 42 minutes, Berrettini won the set 6-4.

Matteo Berrettini, in his first Grand Slam final, now awaits the winner of the match between Novak Djokovic and Denis Shapovalov in the finals on Sunday. It will be interesting to see who emerges on top. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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