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Berrettini 1-1 *Hurkacz (*denotes next server)
Berrettini does indeed hold comfortably, to love, including one slice of luck with a big forehand that crashes into the net – but over the other side.
Berrettini* 0-1 Hurkacz (*denotes next server)
Hurkacz thunders a couple of big early serves down the middle and holds very easily, in about 90 seconds flat, to get the biggest match of his life up and running. He looks impressively relaxed, as he did against Federer two days ago. Berrettini will hope to hold his own service game in similarly efficient style.
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John McEnroe says he gives Berrettini the edge in this match. “He’s been building up to this for a couple of years,” says the American pundit.
The players are out on court, they’ve tossed up, and we are moments away from the first men’s semi-final of the day.
Speaking to the BBC, Berrettini says the first time he played Hurkacz was as a 17-year-old, in a match in Poland. Berrettini is 25 now, the Polish player is 24.
Berrettini has defeated Guido Pella, Botic Van De Zandschulp, Aljaz Bedene, Ilya Ivashka and Felix Auger-Aliassime to get to this stage.
Hurkacz beat Medvedev before he beat Federer, in five sets, so he’s definitely had the tougher path to this stage.
What else do we know about Hubert Hurkacz, the second Polish man to reach the semi-final of a grand slam tournament?
Well, he adheres to a strict vegan diet, for one thing. He has also told the ATP Tour website that strawberries are his favourite fruit, so he’s in the right place in SW19.
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You may remember Hubert Hurkacz from such viral videos as the press conference with no journalists and no questions, back in April:
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Hubert Hurkacz’s quarter-final victory on Wednesday felt more like a state funeral than a sporting event: Centre Court was plunged into a state of collective shock as Roger Federer, the king of SW19, was dispatched in three sets by the 24-year-old Pole, even suffering the indignity of a 6-0 reverse in the final set. We live in hope that Federer will return next year.
The world No 18 produced a largely flawless display to reach this semi-final: serving at 130mph, often matching Federer in longer rallies while throwing in the odd exquisitely-judged drop-shot for good measure. If he can produce a similar level this afternoon then the seventh-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini, who dropped a single set in his quarter-final victory against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime, will be in for a tough day at the office.