Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini was a bit lost for words after reaching his maiden Grand Slam final at Wimbledon.
Berrettini, ranked at No. 9 in the world, overcame Pole Hubert Hurkacz in four sets 6-3 6-0 6-7 (3) 6-4 to reach the Wimbledon final.
“I have no words, really, just thanks. I need a couple of hours to understand what happened,” Berrettini said on court. “I played a great match. I enjoyed the crowd, my family and whole team are there. I think I never dreamed about this, because it was too much for a dream. I am so happy… Nothing [to say], grazie.”
Berrettini delivered a great performance
Berrettini had the first break points of the match in the third game but Hurkacz saved three consecutive break points to take a 2-1 lead.
Hurkacz also served the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead but then he absolutely shut down for the next hours.
Berrettini earned back-to-back breaks in the first set to win four games in a row and seal the opener in style.
After winning the last four games of the first set, Berrettini continued his great run in the second set as he broke Hurkacz three times in a row to bagel the Pole in the second set and take a two-set lead.
After dropping his serve in five consecutive games, Hurkacz served much better in the third set and managed to force a tie-break.
In the tie-break, Hurkacz took a 4-0 lead before converting his second set point to force a fourth set.
After losing the third set, Berrettini regrouped as he started the fourth set with a break and held on to his serve the rest of the way to clinch a four-set win.
“When you play at this level everything has to be… I am trying to be the best at everything, but after the third set I was feeling I deserved to win it but lost it,” Berrettini said. “I said, ‘It doesn’t matter.’ I was feeling the stronger player and that’s what I said to myself, and eventually it paid off.”