Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini couldn’t hide his happiness and excitement after reaching his maiden Grand Slam final at Wimbledon.
Berrettini, ranked at No. 9 in the world, handed a 6*3 6-0 6-7 (3) 6-4 loss to Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon semifinal.
“[My] first Slam final, I’m just so, so happy for everything. My year started in a good way, with the finals in ATP Cup. Then I got injured again. I kind of saw those ghosts again of my body kind of struggling,” Berrettini reflected in his post-match press conference.
“Again, I came back stronger. I think I fully deserve to be here. I want to enjoy like I did today. I want to enjoy my first final. Whoever’s going to win today, I just appreciate what’s happening. So I’m very happy.”
Berrettini felt confident in his chances against Hurkacz
“[My emotions] are all over the place. At the same time, I think I handled the situation pretty well,” Berrettini said. “[When] I stepped in the court, I was feeling confident. I knew that I could win the match. I think I played my best match so far. So I’m really happy for my performance.
“Especially after the third set… I felt I could win that set, also win the match, but [that] didn’t happen. I said to myself, ‘You’re playing better than him, so keep going like this and you’re going to win.'”
Hurkacz, who beat Roger Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinal, gave credit to Berrettini for the way he played on Friday.
“Matteo played [an] unbelievable match today. Huge congrats to him. Every single service game, he was serving bombs. I didn’t have many chances, basically zero,” Hurkacz said. “Huge congrats for him that he kept such a high level throughout the whole four sets. He played really well.”
Next up for Berrettini will be Novak Djokovic, who beat Denis Shapovalov in the second semifinal.