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Matteo Berrettini Becomes First Italian To Reach Wimbledon Final After Defeating Hurkacz

Matteo Berrettini is into his first grand slam final after defeating Hubert Hurkacz in four sets.



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Matteo Berrettini has become the first Italian in history to reach a Wimbledon final after defeating Hubert Hurkacz 6-3 6-0 6-7(3) 6-4.


The Italian produced a complete performance to down the Pole in four sets to reach his first grand slam.

As a result he has become the first Italian male or female to reach the Wimbledon final.

In Sunday’s final he will face world number one Novak Djokovic or 10th seeded Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

Both players settled well into the match considering it was their first Wimbledon semi-final.

It was the 7th seed who created a few break points before Hurkacz saved them with some accurate serving and effective patterns of play.

Then it was Hurkacz’s turn to up the intensity on return with Berrettini having to go through an eight minute game as the Pole implemented his net court play.

However Berrettini held and then took the opportunity in the seventh game as his backhand slice was causing the 14th seed all sorts of problems.

The Italian’s all-court game was in supreme condition and new balls arrived at the perfect time as he continued to bang down the aces and forehand winners.

Errors started popping off the racket of Hurkacz as another break was secured for Berrettini as he claimed the opening set 6-3.

The momentum was carried into the second set as Berrettini’s mix of power and variety frustrated Hurkacz.

More errors came from the Pole’s racket as he now lost his composure that he usually has when on the court.

A string of six games saw a complete reversal of roles that happened to Hurkacz against Federer on Wednesday. It was the Pole’s turn to lose a set 6-0 as he was now two sets to love down.

After returning from a lengthy bathroom break, the Pole came back more motivated and played a much cleaner set of tennis.

Despite having more half-chances, the Italian couldn’t convert any of them as the Pole started winning more points behind his first serve.

As Berrettini continued to hold his service games comfortably, the crowd were rallying behind Hurkacz as they wanted to see a fourth set.

Hurkacz continued to show great tactical play and character in the big moments on serve as he edged out service holds to force a third set tiebreak.

In the tiebreak, Berrettini got nervy and tight as Hurkacz started to win return points with ease as he was inspired.

Now it was the Italian’s turn to be frustrated as some simple unforced errors were made as he went 4-0 down.

The Miami Open champion refused to give up and concede his lead as he took the tiebreak 7-3 and force a fourth set to the crowd’s delight.

Now it was Berrettini’s turn to take a bathroom break and reflect on recent events.

It seemed to help immediately as the Italian broke in the first game after some tentative Hurkacz play.

Not being broken in the entire match the Italian seized control of the match and continued to dominate on serve.

Despite the Pole’s strength in character, the Italian’s firepower and mixture of slices was just too much.

Another couple of aces secured Berrettin’s place in history as he becomes the first Italian male or female to reach the Wimbledon final.

After the match Berrettini admitted that this was a dream scenario, “I have no words, really. I need a couple of hours to understand what happened,” the Italian admitted.

“I played a great match. My family is there, my team. I never dreamt about this because it was too much. When you play at this level, you try to be at your best at everything. I felt that I deserved to win the 3rd set, I was feeling the better player and that was I told to myself. It worked.”

Now the 7th seed will face Novak Djokovic or Denis Shapovalov for the title as he looks for his maiden grand slam title.


Team World One Win Away From Victory in Laver Cup

Team World take a huge 10-2 lead over Team Europe heading into the final day



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After losing the first four editions of the Laver Cup, Team World look set to win the event for a second time as the event reaches its conclusion tomorrow.


Team World Captain John McEnroe was thrilled with the day’s results but warned against complacency: “We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing. The job’s not done but we’re pretty close.”

American duo Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe both earned straight sets wins over Andrey Rublev and Hubert Hurkacz, while Felix Auger-Aliassime and Ben Shelton beat Hurkacz and Gael Monfils.

“I want to play well for the guys,” said Tiafoe after his singles victory. “I played really well tonight. Just being in a team environment is so foreign to us as tennis players, it’s such an individual sport.”

After winning his third singles match in three appearances at the Laver Cup, Fritz was also motivated to do well:

“Yesterday, all the guys played really well. I felt that and wanted to come out on court and show what I can do. That definitely motivated me. Any type of team environment, I feel like it always elevates my game. I feel like my record in team events is really strong because I have a team cheering for me. I get pumped up. I’m excited to play for them. It just adds more pressure and fire to it. I think I play better in those situations.”

The doubles was a typically dynamic and feisty affair, and after the match Shelton was full of praise for his partner:

“It’s amazing, when you play with a guy who serves and returns like Felix, is as athletic as him, and goes back for the overhead as strong as him, it’s a fun time,” said Shelton. “We call him ‘Laver Cup Felix’ because he turns into something special this week, just glad I got to share the court with him at least once.”

Auger-Aliassime returned the compliments: “The best comes out of me when I’m playing not only for myself but for team-mates. Ben carried me through the end of that match, it was tough for me to get it done.”

Casper Ruud, meanwhile, beat Tommy Paul for Europe’s only points so far.

Matches on the final day are worth three points each – meaning that Team Europe would have to win all four remaining matches to prevent Team World from winning the trophy.

T. Fritz def A. Rublev 6-2, 7-6
F. Tiafoe def H. Hurkacz 7-5, 6-3
F. Auger-Aliassime & B. Shelton def H.Hurkacz & G. Monfils 7-5, 6-4
C. Ruud def T. Paul 7-6, 6-2

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ATP RANKINGS UPDATE: Novak Djokovic, No.1 once more



After the US Open the Serbian champion reclaims top spot. Alexander Zverev is back in the Top 10


By Roberto Ferri

Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion”

Rudy Tomjanovich coined this maxim just after his Houston Rockets won the NBA championship in 1995. He was paying homage to Akeem Holajuwon. It perfectly suits the heart of Daniil Medvedev, who proved 99% of tennis fans in the world to be wrong, convinced as they were that he would lose the semifinal to former No 1 Carlos Alcaraz.

But his dream to win a second US Open, after his triumph in 2021, was shattered by another champion, whose heart and class is even greater: that’s Novak Djokovic, who affixes his seal on his return to No.1, equalling Margaret Court Smith’s record of 24 majors.

Djokovic dethroning Alcaraz is not the only change in the top 20: Sascha Zverev is back in the top 10 after almost one year and Ben Shelton, great protagonist of the Us Open, debuts in the top 20 best players in the world.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrei Rublev and Alexander Zverev gain 2 positions.

Ben Shelton devours 28 positions.

Sinner, Tiafoe, Norrie and Dimitrov lose one.

Casper Ruud and Karen Khachanov, runner up and semi-finalist respectively  at the 2022 US  Open, drop 4 positions.

One step forward for Fritz, de Minaur, Paul, Auger-Aliassime and Hurkacz.


From 12 to 19 November the 8 best players of the ranking based on the points earned in the ongoing solar season will be playing the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin.

Will Novak Djokovic succeed in winning a second straight title? He appears to be heading in the right direction.


Thanks to his triumph at the US Open the Serbian overtakes Alcaraz also in the Race to Turin.

Jannik Sinner holds fourth spot while Andrei Rublev overtakes Stefanos Tsitsipas and is now fifth.

The eighth position is occupied by Alexander Zverev.

Last year runner up, Casper Ruud is currently 10th. This means he would feature in Turin as a reserve.


The Next Gen Finals, dedicated to the best under 21s, (8 effectives and 2 reserves) of the season will take place this year in Gedda, Saudi Arabia.

The 2022 winner, Brandon Nakashima, will not be defending his title, since he was born in 2001.

PositionPlayerCountryPtsYOB ATP rank
6Van AsscheFrance597200469
12Llamas RuizSpain3702002133

Taking for granted that Alcaraz and, most likely Rune, will be playing the ATP Finals, we have included in the chart the 12 current top under 21s.


Besides Ben Shelton, other 11 players have achieved their career highest this week.

We tribute a double applause to the four players who are making their debut in the top 100.

The 25-year-old Croatian Borna Gojo, 22-year-old Australian Rinky Hijkata and the Swiss next gen Dominic Stricker all reap the reward for their brilliant runs at the US Open. Seyboth Wild, the Brazilian who stunned Medvedev in the first round of Roland Garros leaps to No.76 after winning the Challenger in Como last week.

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Translated by Kingsley Elliot Kaye

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COMMENT: Novak Djokovic Proves His Greatness At US Open



Love him, or hate him. But respect him.


No tennis player has ever been better than Novak Djokovic.

Even Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer have to take their hats off to Novak, and admire him.

Now that Rafa and Roger have left Djokovic on his own stage at least for now, tennis fans love Novak.


Djokovic’s performance on Sunday evening in the U.S. Open final was simply amazing. Daniil Medvedev also played his heart out, but Djokovic went one step further. He was sensational.

It was a thrill-a-minute three-set match. It lasted well into the night after starting at mid-afternoon. The second set alone lasted 104 minutes.

Djokovic was the winner, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3, but New York still loves 2021 champion Medvedev.


At 36, the oldest U.S. Open men’s champion ever, Djokovic obviously has a special place in his heart for the number four. It’s the number of times he has won this tournament and the 24th time he has won a Grand Slam title.

The number 24 also was displayed prominently on the white jacket. Novak, his team members and family wore for the victory celebration as a tribute to the No. 24 jersey of deceased friend Kobe Bryant.

Djokovic lost his footing at least three times in the tight second set, stumbling to the surface once, apparently due to the length of the rallies.

Djokovic could look like he was almost completely wiped out of it physically one minute, and then play like Superman the next minute.


Both men played great tennis, especially in the thrill-a-second second set in which Medvedev gained one set point in the 12th game before Djokovic recovered to force a tiebreaker.

Medvedev appeared to be in charge after out-playing Novak to win one of his drop shots to take a 5-4 lead in the tiebreaker. The match may have been decided on the next three points, all won by Djokovic on errors by the 6-6 Russian.

The big question now is what happens next January in the Australian Open. Right now, Djokovic probably wants to play . . . and win what has been his favorite tournament as far as success. But things can change quickly for players in their mid-30s. Just ask Roger or Rafa.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at

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