TENNIS: Matteo Berrettini follows up on his tournament win in Stuttgart by reaching the final of the cinch Championship at Queen’s Club, London. Berrettini is the defending champion.
Matteo Berrettini extended his match-winning streak with a two-set victory over Botic van de Zandschulp. In a match disrupted by rain, the Italian overpowered van de Zandschulp with the power of his forehand and fierce backhand slice.
Berrettini’s return to the tour following hand surgery has been impressive. The 26-year-old has been in great form, claiming the title in Stuttgart. He has only dropped one set at Queen’s Club to move to within one win of clinching his seventh tour-level crown and fourth on grass.
“It was a really tough match. We stopped for the rain. I had a lot of chances. It was windy again and really tough to play but I definitely think it was the best match of the week, so I am really happy and looking forward to the final,” Berrettini said in his on-court interview.
The World No. 10 has won 19 of his past 20 grass-court matches. He will face either seventh seed Marin Cilic or Serbian Filip Krajinovic in the championship match on Sunday. He is looking to retain his title at The Queen’s Club.
Decisive sixth game in both sets
Berrettini struck first as he converted on his eighth break point in a mammoth sixth game to move 4-2 ahead. After failing to serve out the set at 5-3, the Italian immediately responded by increasing his depth on return to break again.
Play was suspended midway through the second set. However, on resumption, Berrettini immediately broke for a 4-2 lead. From there he held his nerve to improve to 2-0 in his ATP Head2Head series against van de Zandschulp.
Berrettini will hope to keep his title, heading into the Wimbledon fortnight on a high note.