Italy’s Matteo Berrettini has introduced his intention to tackle one other sturdy problem at Wimbledon after becoming a member of an elite group of gamers by retaining his ATP Queen’s Membership title on Sunday. Berrettini beat Filip Krajinovic of Serbia 7-5, 6-4 within the Wimbledon warm-up remaining. He’ll now purpose for a greater win at Wimbledon, the one event of tennis’ 4 majors nonetheless enjoying on grass, after shedding to Novak Djokovic within the remaining final 12 months. .
Berrettini’s win means he joins 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 consecutive Queens titles. .
The world No 10 has been in very good kind on the pitch this season after coming back from hand surgical procedure.
Berrettini, 26, has now gained two tournaments in a row, having crushed Murray in Stuttgart final weekend, and Sunday’s success was a lift in confidence simply eight days earlier than Wimbledon started.
Krajinovic, who had not gained a sport on the pitch earlier than this week, was the primary participant in Sunday’s remaining to lose serve.
However the commendable world No. 48 got here again to degree the rating 3-3.
Berrettini, nevertheless, took a 6-5 lead after which took the serve to take the primary set.
Krajinovic’s probability vanished and Berettini broke by means of halfway by means of the second half earlier than ending the sport with an ace.
“There’s a lot emotion,” Berrettini stated shortly after his newest win. “The very last thing I sit up for after the surgical procedure is 2 titles in a row and defending my title right here. I can’t imagine it.
“Each time I stroll within the hallways right here and see all of the names of previous champions, and now understand it’s me, twice, on the identical wall offers me goosebumps.”
Krajinovic, in the meantime, emerged on the heels of a efficiency that gave him hopes of bettering on a woeful run at Wimbledon, the place he went on 4 first-round losses.
“It’s been a tremendous 10 days, it’s been very emotional to be in my first remaining on the pitch,” he stated.
“Proper earlier than this event, I had by no means gained a sport on grass and I hated enjoying on grass. However I really feel now I wish to play an increasing number of.”
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