Italy eye Euros and Wimbledon double as Berrettini makes history to reach final

Matteo Berrettini kept Italy’s hopes of a stunning sporting double alive as he reached the Wimbledon final with an impressive victory over Hubert Hurkacz.

The 25-year-old became the first Italian player – male or female – to reach a singles final at the All England Club after dispatching Poland’s Hurkacz 6-3 6-0 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 on Centre Court on Friday.

Berrettini, who won Queen’s ahead of Wimbledon and has lost just one set on his route to the final in SW19, will face world number one Novak Djokovic or 10th seed Denis Shapovalov in Sunday’s final.

On the same day, Roberto Mancini’s Italy face England in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, meaning Italy could be celebrating two stunning wins come Sunday evening.

Berrettini said: ‘I have no words, really. Just thanks to the crowd, I think I need a couple of hours to understand what happened.

‘But I played a great match, I enjoyed the crowd, my family and whole team are there. I never dreamed about this because it would be too much. I am so happy.

‘When you play at this level everything has to be perfect. I am trying to be the best at everything

‘So far it is the best day of my tennis life. Hopefully Sunday will be even better. I kind of feels chills but I am doing it, so I have to believe it.’

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