Matteo Berrettini retains title Queen To Join Popular List -by Ecork

Italy’s Matteo Berrettini is considering his decision to take on another tough challenge at Wimbledon after joining a popular team of players about retaining the ATP Queen’s Club title on Sunday. Berrettini defeated Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic 7-5, 6-4 in the final of the Wimbledon tournament. He will now aim to go to the best one at Wimbledon, one of only four senior tennis clubs to play on the grass, after losing to Novak Djokovic at the end of last year.

Berrettini’s victory means he joins John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray as the only players in the Open season to win the Queen’s back-to-back titles.

The world number 10 is in the form of the best grass court this season following the return from hand surgery.

Berrettini, 26, has won two tournaments in a row, after beating Murray in Stuttgart last weekend, and Sunday’s victory boosted his confidence eight days before the start of Wimbledon.

Krajinovic, who had never won a game on the grass before this week, was the first player to miss Sunday’s service.

But the world number 48 is praised in giving back directly to the stage at 3-3.

Berrettini, however, headed forward at 6-5 and then served to take the first set.

Krajinovic’s advantage was gone and Berettini broke midway through the second set before finishing the game with an ace.

“There are a lot of complaints,” Berrettini said shortly after his new victory. “The last thing I hope after surgery is to have two titles in a row and to defend my title here. I can’t believe it.

“Every time I walk in the hallways here and see all the names of the champions from the past, and now knowing that it is me, twice, on the same wall gives me goosebumps.”

Krajinovic, meanwhile, was thrilled by a performance that gave him hope of progressing on a disappointing record at Wimbledon, where he suffered four straight defeats.

“It has been amazing in the last 10 days, very sad to be at my first weekend on the grass,” he said.


“Shortly before this competition I did not win a game on the grass and I hated playing on the grass. But I feel now I want to play more and more.”

(This story has not been edited by an NDTV staff and is automatically generated from an integrated feed.)

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