More to come hopes Berrettini

10 July 2021 02:33:39 GMTPlus10

Matteo Berrettini hopes things can get "even better" for him on Sunday when he becomes the first Italian to play in a Wimbledon singles final after beating Polish talent Hubert Hurkacz 6-3 6-0 6-7 (3-7) 6-4.

Berrettini will play either Novak Djokovic or Denis Shapovalov in the SW19 showpiece and is 10/3 to lift the trophy.

The 25-year-old's previous best performance at a Grand Slam tournament saw him make the semi-finals of the 2019 US Open, in which he lost to Rafael Nadal in straight sets.

Berrettini won the Queen's Club title in June, sinking Briton Cameron Norrie in the final, and has now won 11 matches on grass this season.

I feel kind of chills but I am doing it, so I have to believe it.

Matteo Berrettini

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The first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam final since Adriano Panatta won the French Open in 1976, Berrettini defeated 16th seed Felix Auger Aliassime in the quarter-finals, after having previously accounted for the likes of Ilya Ivashka and Aljaz Bedene.

And, although Friday's opponent Hurkacz had impressed earlier in the tournament with victories over Daniil Medvedev and the legendary Roger Federer but, beyond a tiebreak success, he failed to impose himself on the contest.

Berrettini is now looking towards Sunday when he hopes to improve on "the best tennis day of my life".

Speaking after his victory, Berrettini said: "I think I never dreamed about this because it was too much for a dream - I am so happy.

"I am trying to be the best at anything. I was feeling the stronger player and that's what I said to myself and eventually it paid off.

"So far it's the best tennis day of my life but hopefully Sunday will be even better - I feel kind of chills but I am doing it, so I have to believe it."

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