Matteo Berrettini today chasing the final at Wimbledon. The 25-year-old Italian in the semifinal is ahead 2 sets to 1 in the semifinal against the Polish Hubert Hurkacz on the Central Field. Berrettini is the first Italian to reach the semifinal on the grass of the All England Club, 61 years after the exploit of Nicola Pietrangeli, who came one step away from the final in 1960.
THE MATCH – We start with the service that dominates the exchanges. Hurkacz wins the opening game by zero, Berrettini replies without problems: 1-1. In the third game, the Pole is 0-40 down but manages to cancel the 3 break points and straighten the situation. Berrettini meets the first difficulties in the sixth game and has to face a break point: the blue clings to the service that does not disappoint, 3-3. After the escaped danger, the blue accelerates and scores the first break of the match before stretching up to 5-3. Hurkacz’s empty pass continues: another break and Berrettini wins the first set 6-3, winning 4 games in a row.
The challenge is a tricolor monologue. Hurkacz practically fails to do anything, errors accumulate. The Pole is unable to keep his serve even in the first 2 rounds of the second set, Berrettini extends the positive streak and escapes 4-0. After 8 games of uninterrupted domination, the blue concedes a break point but does not tremble: 5-0 and, with yet another break, also comes 6-0. Second set in the safe.
Hurkacz tries to get out of the corner at the start of the third set, with a more aggressive attitude. The game gains in balance and the fraction slips away without a break. Berrettini is 2 points from the match first at 5-4 and then at 6-5: the epilogue, however, is postponed to the tie-break. Hurkacz escapes at 4-0 and then at 5-1 before closing 7-3. The third set is his, challenge reopened.