Wimbledon 2021: Matteo Berrettini To Play Novak Djokovic In Men’s Final

Matteo Berrettini dominated Hubert Hurkacz in the first men’s semi-final to become the first Italian to reach the Wimbledon men’s singles final where he will face top seed Novak Djokovic.

The seventh seed and Queen’s champion rained down winners at will on his way to a 6-3 6-0 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 win.

He will play Djokovic in Sunday’s showpiece, just hours before his nation take on England in football’s Euro 2020 final.

Berrettini is the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam final since 1976.

“I have no words, really,” Berrettini said. “I need a couple of hours to understand what happened.

“I think I never dreamed about this because it was too much for a dream.”

Djokovic, meanwhile, needed all of his experience to edge past Denis Shapovalov in the second semi-final.

Canada’s Shapovalov, 22, played superbly for the most part, only for Djokovic to claim the key moments on his way to a 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-5 win.

In his first major semi-final, Shapovalov did not deliver in the key moments – and that proved costly.

“I don’t think the scoreline says enough about the match, he was serving for the first set, was probably the better player for the second set. He had most of the chances,” said Djokovic, who has reached his 30th Grand Slam final.

“I would like to give him a round of applause for all he has done this fortnight. We will see a lot of him in the future, definitely. He is a great player.”