Matteo after the semifinal won at Wimbledon: “Hurkacz is strong, but I have the means to win. I am happy to write a new chapter in Italian tennis history”
A painful victory, even more so because to triumph, Matteo Berrettini had to beat his friend Felix. A lot of training, even the quarantine together in the Australian bubble. But now is the time to look forward to the Grand Slam semifinal that awaits him, the second after the one in New York, when his first experience stopped against Nadal.
An award for perseverance, work, courage: “I am very proud to have won, because for good parts of the match I did not feel well on the pitch. I speak at the level of the game, I was not at ease, but I resolved the situation without shining it makes me proud “. A semifinal that embellishes an already excellent season, with two ATP titles and a 1000 semifinal in Madrid: “I faced difficult moments, injuries, I had to swallow bitter morsels because there were those who did not appreciate what I was doing. Now I enjoy this victory. , aware of the fact that I can still go on “.
Too bad not being able to take the Roger Federer exam again after that lesson in the round of 16 of 2018. The champion continues to elude him, both in Paris, when he retired before facing him and in London, soundly beaten by Hubert Hurkacz, his next opponent: “If I’m sorry not to face him …? Well, now I’m sorry I wouldn’t say. For sure it would have been a very different match from 2019. He is a different player and above all I am now more experienced, I have more certainties. Hurkacz? He’s playing well, he’s a confident player, and beating Federer will have given him even more confidence. But I think I have a chance to win. “
Equalizing Nicola Pietrangeli, who 61 years ago was the first, and until today the only Italian to cross the finish line of the semifinal at the Championships, excites him: “If I think that when Pietrangeli reached this result not even my father was born, well ago a certain effect. Knowing that a page in the history of Italian tennis is being written and my name is there makes me proud “. Looking forward to writing other extraordinary chapters as soon as possible.
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