Wimbledon: Berrettini tells Italians to buy new TVs for special sporting Sunday
Berrettini will become the first Italian to feature in a singles final at Wimbledon when he faces world number one Novak Djokovic, bidding for a record-tying 20th grand slam title, at the All England Club.
Over in North London, Italy will look to break England hearts at Wembley by lifting the European Championship trophy, three years on from failing to qualify for the World Cup.
The twin tales of sporting unlikelihoods will have the attention of a nation that could well be celebrating a dual triumph by the time Bjorn Kuipers blows the final whistle to end the Euros.
Speaking after his four-set semi-final win over Hubert Hurkacz, Berrettini said: “I will tell them to buy a nice TV if they don’t have one already because I think it’s going to be a special Sunday for all of us.
“It’s something crazy to believe for us, obviously let’s say tennis, because it’s never happened [at Wimbledon]. So it’s something that nobody expected, me in the first place.
“Then for football, because I mean, we didn’t qualify for the World Cup, so after that the job that they did, how hard they worked, the effort that they put, I think they really deserve this final.
“For Italian people in general, it’s going to be tough Sunday, no? But I think we deserve it.
“It’s a great day, great sport day. I’m really happy that together with football now [tennis] is one of the biggest sports in Italy.”
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