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Berrettini becomes first Italian to reach Wimbledon final




Matteo Berrettini became the first Italian to reach the Wimbledon men's singles final with a dominant victory over Poland's Hubert Hurkacz.


The seventh seed and Queen's champion used his big forehand and serve to good effect in a 6-3 6-0 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 win.


He will play top seed Novak Djokovic or Denis Shapovalov in Sunday's showpiece, just hours before his nation take on England in football's Euro 2020 final.


Berrettini is the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam final since 1976.


"I have no words, really," Berrettini said to reporters at the end of the tie. "I need a couple of hours to understand what happened. "I think I never dreamed about this because it was too much for a dream."


Berrettini, 25, had been tipped by many for a deep run at Wimbledon after his displays at Queen's, where he became the the first player to win the title on debut at the event since Boris Becker in 1985.


He sealed his spot in the final with a huge serve that Hurkacz could only return long to become the first Italian man since Adriano Panatta at the 1976 French Open to reach a major singles final.


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