Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini was visibly emotional after defending his title at the Queen’s Club as he acknowledged that winning one of the most prestigious tournaments in back-to-back years was something special.
In the Queen’s final, second-seeded Berrettini saw off Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic 7-5 6-4 to improve his record at Queen’s to 10-0.
Krajinovic claimed the first break of the match in the fifth game to open a 3-2 lead but Berrettini stoled the first set as he responded by breaking the Serb in the sixth and 12th games.
After winning the first set, Krajinovic earned the first break of the second set in the fifth game and then held on to his serve the rest of the match to complete a straight-set win.
“There are so many emotions,” Berrettini said during the trophy ceremony, as quoted on the ATP wbsite. “The last thing I expected was to come back from surgery and win two titles in a row. Defend my title here at one of the most prestigious tournaments we have. I don’t want to cry. Most of the job is thanks to them, my team and my family. I just can’t believe it.”
Berrettini unbeaten on grass in 2022
After a three-month injury break, Berrettini kicked off his grass season in Stuttgart, where he won his first title of the year.
Two weeks later, Berrettini is 9-0 on grass and enters Wimbledon extremely confident.
“I arrived in Stuttgart and was not feeling great,” Berrettini said. “I was not hitting the ball how I wanted and I was like ‘Guys, I think it is going to be tough’. But it has gone pretty well!”
On the other side, 30-year-old Krajinovic fell just short of winning his first ATP title.
“It was an amazing past 10 days. Very emotional,” Krajinovic said during the trophy ceremony. “For me the first final on grass. You guys [the crowd] helped me so much. I felt like I was playing at home. Also congrats to Berrettini, two finals I have lost against him now.”