The second-seeded Italian retained his grass-court Queen’s Membership title by beating Filip Krajinovic 7-5, 6-4 within the remaining on Sunday. It backed up his title triumph in Stuttgart final week, which additionally was on grass.
Wimbledon begins June 27 and Berrettini is heading to the All England Membership having received 20 of his final 21 matches on grass — his solely loss coming in opposition to Novak Djokovic in 4 units in final yr’s Wimbledon remaining.
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Krajinovic was a shock finalist in west London, having by no means received a match on grass at ATP degree earlier than this week, and the 30-year-old Serb often tries to skip grass-court occasions if he can.
His serve wasn’t large enough to threaten the tall and imposing Berrettini, who solely gave up two break factors and despatched down 14 aces — greater than double that of Krajinovic. The final of these got here on match level, after which he smashed a ball excessive into the sky and jumped the promoting hoardings to rejoice together with his staff after which his father on Father’s Day.
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Berrettini joined Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic and Feliciano Lopez in being a a number of title winner at Queen’s because the flip of the century. He has received each match since returning to motion in Stuttgart after three months out with a hand damage.
Krajinovic misplaced his fifth straight ATP remaining, with two of them now coming in opposition to Berrettini.