Berrettini, grass of Italy.  He beats Krajinovic: he is still the king of the Queen's

Matteo continues the winning streak on the lawns: the Serbian 7-5 6-4 defeated in the final. Second consecutive title after 3 months of stop for the operation in hand

Come on Matteo, teach us how to do it. Not to win tournaments on grass, that is for a few. Teach us how to not give up, not to be overwhelmed by bad mood, not to feel calm when everything goes wrong. That’s your real talent. Matteo Berrettini makes a second masterpiece, after the title in the ATP 250 in Stuttgart, on his return after 3 months of stoppage, here he confirms the title of Queen’s king beating the Serbian Filip Krajinovic, number 48 in the world in two sets, 7- 5 6-4.

Hammer and neurons

And okay, those who are never happy will say, the opponents may not have all been top 10, but the Italian number 1 (at least until after Wimbledon) was good at overcoming every difficulty to win the 4th title on grass in career 7th in total. He fought for 3 hours with the American Kudla to win the semifinal, he grew match after match trying, and finding more and more the match rhythm that will be vital to present himself at Wimbledon with kilometers in the legs and cannons in the arm. The grass, with him, is more and more blue and now dreaming big in Church Road is possible. Because it is Berrettini’s head that knows how to make a difference even more than the arm. It is the will to react to too many unforeseen events that fate has put his true fuel on the road. Considering the Open Era, Matteo boasts the fifth place overall as a percentage of successes on the lawns, behind Federer, McEnroe, Djokovic and Laver and in front of people who have written history such as Sampras, Connors, Murray and Becker.

The match

Quick start by Matteo Berrettini, who responds deeply and affects Krajinovic’s serve with the forehand. There are immediately 3 break points for him, but three backhand errors and an ace from the Serbian, allow the world number 48 to keep the 1-0. In the third game Matteo still has the chance to take the lead, but the chance, the fourth, vanishes and the Serbian climbs 2-1. Fifth break point, at 2-2, and finally Matteo Berrettini gets the break. However, he fails to consolidate the advantage and the rival takes advantage of it with the immediate counterbreak. It starts from 3-3. Krajinovic slows down, makes a couple of mistakes and Berrettini falls on his prey: break for the 6-5 and serve. Berrettini starts with a double fault when he serves for the set. He remedies with an ace, then another first impregnable at 22o hours. Service and straight for two set points, he closes the set 7-5. The second partial starts in balance, Berrettini’s paw arrives in the fifth game with three break points: the pressure crushes Krajinovic who misses a forehand and gives up the serve. Cap goes 3-2 and serves that he keeps without problems. There will be no more breaks until the final 6-4. Seventh career title, fourth on grass.

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