Wimbledon 2021: Matteo Berrettini beats Ilya Ivashka to become the 5th Italian man to reach the quarterfinals

Matteo Berrettini upsets Ilya Ivashka 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 in the fourth round to become the fifth Italian man in history to reach the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon championship. The tennis professional took one hour and 47 minutes on court 12 to achieve the victory.

Seventh seed Matteo has won 30 matches out of 35 this year which includes his fifth ATP tour title at Serbia Open.

Matteo had reached this level by overcoming Slovenian Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 as a genius tournament title contender. The 25-year-old Italian like a dark horse using the opportunity very well in the absence of Tennis greats Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and the French Open runner up Stefanos Tsitsipas.

World no. 9 Berrettini who extended his grass-court winning streak to nine matches will now face either fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev from Germany or Felix-Auger-Aiassime of Canada at the All England Club. Italy’s Berrettini overcame a 12-point hold in the first set that ended in 37 minutes. He won 12 out of 14 points and led 3-0 in the third set while Ivashka broke just once at 2-5 in the second set.

Berrettini has a career-high ATP singles ranking of the world no. 8 and 105 in ATP doubles. He had withdrawn from the 2020 ATP Cup because of some physical discomfort. He returned winning the Ultimate Tennis Showdown and lost to Reilly Opelka in Cincinnati. He also reached the fourth round in the US Open.

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