Although the Italian tennis player lost to World No. 1 on Sunday at the Wimbledon Championship final on Sunday, he had reason to be happy as his country won the European Championship against England. Italy lifted the silverware after 53 years.
Berrettini spotted cheering for Italy at Wembley
Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini lost the biggest match of his career so far to Novak Djokovic at the Wimbledon Championships 2021 final on Sunday. However, he and his girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic were spotted at Wembley cheering for the Italian side. The Azzurri went on to defeat England in the penalty shootout after drawing 1-1.
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Berrettini lost the Wimbledon final 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to Djokovic
Just a few hours before, Matteo Berrettini took the opening set off Djokovic and found himself so close to turning his dream into reality. However, once the Serbian World No.1 got into the groove, the Rome native never had a chance. He lost all of the next three sets to Djokovic. But Berrettini saw the positive from this loss. At the post-match presentation, Matteo said that ‘he will be back soon’ at this stage in the future and this is just the start for him. Notably, the Italian had won the title at Queens just before the start of Wimbledon.
Italy won their first European championship after 53 years
While on one hand, the first Italian to reach the final at Wimbledon lost 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, elsewhere, the Italian football team became two-time Euro champions, winning on 3-2 penalties after 1-1 in regulation time. England’s Luke Shaw put the hosts in from inside two minutes to give them the edge over the Italians. Twenty minutes into the second half, Leonardo Bonucci equalised for the Italians. The score remained 1-1 after extra-time and the fate of the two nations was left to penalties. Gianluigi Donnarumma saved three of the five penalties to win the European championship for the first time since 1968.