Italian Matteo Berrettini retained his title on the Queen’s Membership Championships with a 7-5, 6-4 defeat of Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic on Sunday, because the world No. 10 gave himself the proper launch pad into Wimbledon.
Berrettini had an excessive amount of firepower for unseeded Krajinovic, who has now misplaced all 5 of his Tour-level finals.
The Italian, who additionally claimed the title in Stuttgart this month, has now gained 20 of his final 21 matches on grass, his solely loss coming in final yr’s Wimbledon closing to Novak Djokovic.
He was made to work onerous by Krajinovic who broke again within the first set, solely to get damaged once more at 5-5.
A Krajinovic double-fault proved pricey at 2-3 within the second set as Berrettini secured the decisive break of serve and went on to safe his seventh profession title with an ace.
Berrettini, who had surgical procedure on his proper hand in March, is the eighth participant to win back-to-back titles on the occasion, all the others being former world quantity ones together with John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker and Andy Murray.
He’ll now go into Wimbledon as one of many favourites.
“There are too many feelings,” Berrettini mentioned. “To have this trophy twice, I used to simply dream of taking part in on this event. It was a very good week for me, I got here right here with a variety of confidence. Right this moment was one of the best match that I performed.
“I’ve labored so onerous for this. I do know that Wimbledon is totally different however I do know that I can do it, I did it as soon as. I am actually wanting ahead to it, however I do know each match will probably be robust.”
An outstanding angled volley gave Berrettini the break he had threatened within the fifth recreation of the opening set.
However Krajinovic, who earlier than this week had by no means gained a match on grass, replied within the subsequent recreation with a punchy volley to get again on degree phrases.
The Serbian netted a backhand to drop serve at 5-5, nevertheless, and Berrettini then held to take the opener.
Within the second set Berrettini confirmed the vary of his recreation, mixing energy with panache to drag forward, and as soon as he broke serve to like within the fifth recreation, there was no wanting again.