Matteo Berrettini beat Hubert Hurkacz of the Czech Republic in straight sets on Sunday to set up a Wimbledon final showdown with Marin Cilic.
The unseeded Berrettini, playing in only his fifth Grand Slam quarterfinal, upset the third seed Hurkacz 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 on Court 1.
Berrettini, 29, from Prato, in central Italy, never trailed in the match and claimed five service breaks on the day. In doing so, he become the first Italian man to reach a Wimbledon final since Nicola Pietrangeli in 1973.
“I’m happy I’m here and I’m happy that I can give my country something to be proud of,” Berrettini said on Court 1 after the match. “Obviously I’m a player from Prato, so I try to give a good show to my local fans in Italy.”
After a chaotic day with five matches decided by two sets on Sunday morning, the completion of some of the quarterfinals on Saturday evening, without a single unforced error from the winners, left only three left for Sunday. This left Berrettini and Cilic, the defending champion from Croatia, to determine the winner.
The 5th-seeded Cilic, 28, set up a clash with Ferrero in his previous semi, winning in straight sets.
In the women’s semis, Kristina Mladenovic battled Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan to win in three sets. Mladenovic will face Sloane Stephens in the final after the U.S. Open champion from Florida defeated Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 6-3, 6-2.
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