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Friday, July 9, 2021

winner of Djoko - Shapovalov to meet Matteo Berrettini in Wimbledon finals 2021

Sunday 11th July 2021 would be a day of significance for Italy !  .. ..on that day, Italy will play England in Euro 2020 finals – England have  reached their first final in 55 years after beating Denmark on Wednesday night. Due to strict Covid-19 quarantine requirements for visitors to Britain, supporters from outside the UK have effectively been unable to attend Italy’s past two matches at Wembley. For the final, “British authorities have guaranteed a maximum of 1,000 people from Italy the possibility of going to London, with a series of requirements to respect” but without quarantining in the UK, the FIGC said in a statement. 

Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s broad unity government has overcome deep divisions to agree to a contested justice reform, which the European Union has demanded as part of a deal to unlock billions of euros in recovery funds. Italy has long been dogged by a dysfunctional, painfully slow justice system, but repeated attempts to overhaul it have failed to significantly reduce backlogs in many courts. Sharply opposing views between the parties have complicated efforts to improve the situation, but Justice Minister Marta Cartabia managed to reach a compromise deal late on Thursday that the government hopes will improve efficiency. “Italy has taken a significant step forward in modernising the justice system and speeding up trials,” said Regional Affairs Minister Mariastella Gelmini, a member of Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party. The draft law will now go to parliament for approval.

A case brought by more than 500 families of Covid victims seeking a total of €100m in compensation from the Italian government has reached court, as the first hearing into continental Europe’s deadliest outbreak got under way in Rome. Lawyers representing the relatives of coronavirus victims filed a dossier of more than 2,000 pages on Thursday containing hundreds of testimonies and evidence of “systemic negligence” by the Italian authorities, which allegedly caused the deaths of thousands of people. “Italy was late introducing measures to contain the outbreak of Covid,” Consuelo Locati, a legal representative of the families, told the Guardian. ‘‘And when they finally did, these measures were not adequate.’’ According to a 65-page report compiled by a retired army general, Pier Paolo Lunelli, tens of thousands of deaths could be attributed to the lack of sufficient anti-pandemic protocols. ‘‘The pandemic plan and strategies put in place to stop the infections did not take into account the structural deficiencies of hospitals and the Italian health system,’’ said Locati. “This civil case calls into question the responsibilities of politicians and institutions and asks that they assume their responsibilities in front of the citizens they were called to protect and whose rights they have violated – both the right to health and the right to life.”

Moving away from all these – this is a Sports post .. .. .. Three of the men’s semi-finalists today at Wimbledon  have one main problem. The fourth man. Novak Djokovic. In the past 10 years at Wimbledon, three men have beaten him in completed matches: Roger Federer in the semis in 2012, Andy Murray in the final in 2013 and Sam Querrey in the third round in 2016. Djokovic also lost to Tomas Berdych in 2017, but on that occasion he retired hurt with an elbow injury, so the size of the task facing Denis Shapovalov, and by extension the other two semi-finalists, Matteo Berrettini and Hubert Hurkacz, is clear. The Serb has been flawless in the tournament so far. The five-time Wimbledon winner reached the semi-final after beating Hungarian Márton Fucsovics in straight sets. On the other hand, Denis Shapovalov had a tough fight against Russia’s Karen Khachanov to reach the last four.

This is Denis Shapovalov's first slam semi-final and a pulled forehand, dragged wide, shows some early signs of nerves for 15-30, but he quickly recovers as Djokovic dumps a two-handed return into the net and we're at 1-1. Then the Canadian reaches greater heights !  A gorgeous one-handed backhand across the court puts Djokovic on the stretch to his right and can only then send it into the net.  Shapovalov breaks and leads 2-1.  Now at 09.40 pm IST, still very, very early days though.

Few minutes earlier - Italy's Matteo Berrettini beat Hubert Hurkacz [6-3 6-0 6-7 (3-7) 6-4] -  to reach first Wimbledon final.  The 25-year-old from Rome became the first Italian man to reach the SW19 showpiece.   Everything was moving quickly on Centre Court, from the serves to the scoreboard to the galloping realisation that Sunday could be quite the day for Italian men on the green bits of London. Serving at almost 140mph, and at one stage even ripping his way to an astonishing 11 games in a row against Poland's Hubert Hurkacz, Matteo Berrettini was on the hottest of hot streaks as he became the first Italian man to reach a Wimbledon final.

The Italians have been waiting 144 years for this, for one of their own to go through into a final at the All England Club. No Italian man had ever previously served as quickly or as brilliantly on the Wimbledon grass, or played with as much poise at such a big, life-defining moment, as the 25-year-old Roman in a reversed baseball cap. When Berrettini led 6-3, 6-0 it appeared as though this meeting of first-time Wimbledon semi-finalists was going to be very lopsided. While Hurkacz took the third set in the tie-break, Berrettini broke in the opening game of the fourth set and went on to win 6-3, 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-4.

A few hours before the Italian men's football team play England in the Euros final at Wembley, Berrettini will attempt on Sunday to become the first Italian man to score a Grand Slam singles title since Adriano Panatta became the Roland-Garros champion 45 years ago. The main course may be England’s date with Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday evening, but Berrettini will provide a tasty antipasti when he walks out on Centre Court at 2pm.

Interesting !

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
9th July 2021 @ 21.45 hrs. 

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