Certainly, he’s the primary Italian to play in any males’s Grand Slam tennis ultimate since Adriano Panatta received the French Open again in 1976.
“I’ve no phrases, actually, thanks and I would like a few hours to grasp what occurred. I performed a fantastic match, I loved the group, my household and entire staff are there. I feel I by no means dreamed about this as a result of it was an excessive amount of for a dream. I’m so joyful,” Berrettini advised the BBC after his semi-final triumph.
“Whenever you play at this stage every little thing needs to be… I’m attempting to be one of the best at every little thing… however after the third set I used to be feeling I deserved to win it however misplaced it. I stated ‘it doesn’t matter’, I used to be feeling the stronger participant and that’s what I stated to myself and ultimately it paid off.”
Berrettini’s earlier greatest Grand Slam exhibiting to this point was on the 2019 US Open, when he reached the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows earlier than shedding to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in straight units.
He additionally reached the final eight at Roland Garros final month, shedding to Djokovic, earlier than beating British trio Andy Murray, Dan Evans and Cam Norrie en path to Queen’s glory.
Berrettini defeated Guido Pella, Botic van de Zandschulp, Aljaz Bedene, Ilya Ivashka and Felix Auger-Aliassime at Wimbledon earlier than assembly Hurkacz, who had already shocked each Daniil Medvedev and Roger Federer to make it previous the second spherical at a Grand Slam for the primary time however was no match for the big-serving Italian.
“Relaxed shouldn’t be the appropriate phrase! Now, I don’t know… let’s see! Up to now it’s the greatest tennis day of my life however hopefully Sunday shall be even higher. I really feel form of chills however I’m doing it, so I’ve to consider it,” Berrettini added.