Italy’s Matteo Berrettini served discover of his intention to mount one other robust problem at Wimbledon after becoming a member of an elite group of gamers by retaining his ATP Queen’s Membership title on Sunday. Berrettini defeated Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic 7-5, 6-Four within the remaining of the Wimbledon warm-up occasion. He’ll now be aiming to go one higher at Wimbledon, the one one in every of tennis’s 4 majors nonetheless performed on grass, after dropping to Novak Djokovic in final 12 months’s remaining
Berrettini’s victory meant he joined John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray as the one gamers within the Open period to win back-to-back Queen’s titles.
The world quantity 10 has been in excellent grass-court type this season following a return from hand surgical procedure.
Berrettini, 26, has now received two tournaments in a row, after beating Murray in Stuttgart final weekend, and Sunday’s success was an extra enhance to his confidence simply eight days earlier than the beginning of Wimbledon.
Krajinovic, who previous to this week had by no means received a match on grass, was the primary participant in Sunday’s remaining to lose serve.
However the world quantity 48 commendably broke straight again to stage at 3-3.
Berrettini, nevertheless, edged forward at 6-5 after which held serve to take the primary set.
Krajinovic’s probability had gone and Berettini broke halfway by means of the second set earlier than ending off the match with an ace.
“There are too many emotions,” Berrettini mentioned quickly after his newest victory. “The very last thing I anticipated after a surgical procedure was two titles in a row and to defend my title right here. I simply can’t consider it.
“Each time I stroll within the hallways right here and see all of the names of the champions from the previous, and now figuring out it is me, twice, on the identical wall offers me goosebumps.”
Krajinovic, in the meantime, was buoyed by a efficiency that gave him hope of bettering on a woeful file at Wimbledon, the place he has suffered 4 first-round defeats.
“It was a tremendous final 10 days, very emotional to be in my first remaining on grass,” he mentioned.
“Simply earlier than this match I by no means received a match on grass and I hated taking part in on grass. However I really feel now I wish to play increasingly.”
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