The streaks are to be cut, goes the saying. Matteo Berrettini (9th) is living two dreamy weeks on the green grass of Wimbledon: eliminated with great authority Hubert Hurkacz (18th) by 6-3, 6-0, 6-7 (3) and 6-4 to access the first Grand Slam final of his career. In this way, the one born in Rome broke with a mark of 45 years without Italian tennis players in the deciding match in a tournament Major.
Berrettini’s walk at the British Open is a confirmation of the tennis demonstrated a few days ago at the Queen’s tournament, where he was crowned champion. The path of world No. 9 in this tournament left no doubts: Guido Pella (59th), Botic Van de Zandschulp (139th), Aljaz Bedene (64th), Ilya Ivashka (79th) and Felix Auger-Aliassime ( 19 °), respectively, succumbed to him.
With his victory against the Polish No. 18 in the world, the winner of 5 ATP titles managed to break with the mark obtained in the 2019 Us Open when he got into the top 4 of the tournament but succumbed to him manacorí Rafael Nadal, being his best result to date.
In addition, with this result, the 25-year-old right-handed tennis player became the first italian (on both circuits) to reach the singles ending in the All England.
The last compatriot who had been able to access the decisive match in a Major had been Adriano Panatta, who became number four in the world and also won 10 titles on the ATP circuit. On Roland Garros 1976 He was crowned after beating American Harold Solomon 6-1, 6-4, 4-6 and 7-6 to lift the Musketeers trophy.
Going back in time, when the Open Era had not yet begun, Nicola Pietrangeli, listed as the best italian tennis playerHe had been champion of the French Open in the 1959 and 1960 editions, in addition to reaching the final instance in 1961 and 1964.
And going back even further, the name of Giorgio De Stefani, who was the first to reach a decisive match in a tournament of that category. It was in the French Championship in 1932, where he was defeated by Henri Cochet.
In the next instance, the current N ° 9 of the ranking awaits his rival: he will come out of the duel between the Serbian Novak Djokovic (1st), who wants to conquer his 20th Grand Slam, and the 22-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov (12th), who will play his first semifinal at Wimbledon.