There will be at least one new Wimbledon finalist this Sunday with Matteo Berrettini facing surprise semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz on Friday afternoon. It will be the third meeting between the two with the previous pair being split although neither player had made their rise up the rankings at the time of these two matches.

It feels like Berrettini is the best of the rest at the top on grass. He secured a tenth consecutive win on the surface, this time beating Felix Auger-Aliassime in four inthe quarter final. There is plenty of room for him to improve though given the Italian was -12 in the winners/unforced errors differential, way below his best brand of attacking tennis. “Before this tournament I just felt that I’m a better player now. I have more experience. I had more matches on my shoulders. Everything that I am achieving, it’s great, but it’s not something that I didn’t expect.” he said afterwards.

It has been all or nothing for Hurkacz this year with the big serving Pole going on a six match losing streak after his shock Miami Masters title earlier in the season. The Wimbledon courts have suited the Pole down to a tee, with some astonishing serving throughout the tournament. Very few would have predicted him to demolish Roger Federer in the manner he did, hitting 36 winners and delivering a bagel to secure a 6-3 7-6 6-0 win over the twenty-time slam champ. It was over and done with in under two hours as the Pole proved his win over second seed Daniil Medvedev was no fluke.

If Hurkacz can maintain the level he displayed in the quarter finals, it would be hard to write him off against Berrettini. This matchup may suit the Italian more who will feel he should be able to match the Pole from the baseline and deliver on serve just as much. He will need to make improvements as with the Hurkacz serve firing as it did, there will be very little room for mistakes. “Playing Hubert is going to be really tough. He beat Daniil [Medvedev], beat Roger in a row, and he’s feeling good. He’s having a great season so far, so it’s gonna be tough one.” Berrettini said.

Prediction – Matteo Berrettini in five sets

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