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Berrettini Beat Krajinovic To Retain Queen’s Title

Matteo Berrettini underlined his Wimbledon credentials by beating Filip Krajinovic to claim the Queen’s title for a second year in a row.

The Italian second seed put in another strong serving performance to beat Serbia’s Krajinovic 7-5 6-4.

Berrettini has now won 20 of his past 21 grass-court matches, with his sole defeat coming against Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final last year.

“There’s too many emotions – I want to cry,” the 26-year-old said

The world number 10 has now claimed back-to-back titles, having beaten Andy Murray to win the Stuttgart Open last week.

Berrettini only returned to the tour in Stuttgart last week after having surgery on his right hand and admitted he had not been sure what form he would find.

He struck his chest in celebration and roared to the crowd after converting his first match point with an ace out wide.

He then went over to celebrate with his father, who flew in to London for the match, and his team, who covered him in water in celebration.

I forgot how heavy the trophy was,” Berrettini joked in his on-court interview.

“The last thing I expected was to come back from surgery and win two titles in a row.

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

He will be among the favourites for Wimbledon, which begins on 27 June.

By contrast, Krajinovic has lost all five finals he has contested – but he will leave Queen’s Club with some positives, having failed to win a main draw ATP match on grass before this week.

“I really hated to play on grass before this tournament but this can change,” he said.

“Playing a final here is very special and I feel now that I want to play more and more, so we’ll see how it goes.

“You guys helped me so much and I felt like I was playing at home, so thank you very much for that.”

BBC Sports

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