The Queen’s Club champion, Matteo Berrettini, is proving that his win at the Wimbledon warm-up event was no flash in the pan, by reaching the semi-finals of The Championships.
Hubert is having a great season and beating Federer in three sets means he’s playing well – but I’m feeling confident Matteo Berrettini
While he was seeded 7, he hasn’t really been considered a major threat for the title but his power and booming serve is proving the doubters wrong.
He defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-3 and will face Hubert Hurkacz, Roger Federer’s conqueror, for a place in the final.
“Everything is crazy right now,” he said. “Thanks to Felix, I think we made a great match. He’s one of my best friends on the tour and it’s never easy to play him, but that’s sport.
“In Australia when we did quarantine, we practiced together for two weeks so we know each other pretty well. Today was pretty tricky. But now I’m happy for me.
“Hubert is having a great season and beating Federer in three sets means he’s playing well – but I’m feeling confident.”
He should be with a serve which regularly hit the 135mph mark. It was that which gave him the start he wanted against an obviously nervous opponent who fell behind by two breaks in the opening set.
The 20-year-old Canadian pulled one back but couldn’t halt the Italian band wagon until the second set, when he grabbed the only one at 5-5 to go an and serve out to level.
In the third the roles were reversed as Berrettini regained control to go ahead and 2-0 in the fourth.
Not long later he was celebrating his victory to become only the second Italian man to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals after Nicola Pietrangeli in 1960