Matteo Berrettini Wimbledon 2021

Berrettini makes history for Italy as he breezes into Wimbledon quarters

Matteo Berrettini continues to roll on this grass court season as he keeps his win streak ticking over. 

The seventh seed dispatched Belarusian Ilya Ivashka in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-1, requiring just over an hour and forty minutes to do so.

Ranked world No. 79, Ivashka was the lowest ranked player left in the men’s draw.

Berrettini is hitting some excellent form on the grass in 2021, winning Queen’s just prior to Wimbledon and now reaching the quarter-finals with a win of nine matches.

With the result, Berrettini becomes just the fifth Italian man to reach the last eight at Wimbledon, the last one being Davide Sanguinetti in 1998.

Only Nicola Pietrangeli has gone further, reaching the semi-finals in 1960. Berrettini will face either Alexander Zverev or Felix Auger-Aliassime for a chance to equal Pietrangeli.

If it is Zverev that Berrettini comes up against, the Italian will be looking to avenge his Madrid Masters final loss to the German back in May.

The Queen’s champion is not the only Italian hope left in the men’s draw though, as Lorenzo Sonego goes up against 2019 runner-up Roger Federer for a chance to make it two Italians in the quarter-finals.