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PremierLeague-News.Com - The Italian 26-year-old is second in the betting behind Novak Djokovic and has lost just once on grass in two seasons
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! QUEEN’S CLUB — Matteo Berrettini confirmed his status as second-favourite for the Wimbledon title by successfully defending his title at Queen’s with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Filip Krajinovic.Berrettini, who beat Andy Murray last Sunday to claim the title in Stuttgart, has lost just won match on grass over the last two seasons, the final against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon last year.The Italian did not play his best tennis in the early stages and failed to consolidate an early break as his towering serve was a little wayward, but kept pace with Krajinovic to take the opening set in 54 minutes.Only Novak Djokovic is more fancied by the bookies to take the Wimbledon title when proceedings get underway on 27 June and Berrettini showed exactly why when he hit the front, breaking in the fifth game of the second and sealing the match a few minutes later with a 14th ace of the match.More from TennisOnce a skinny, baseline scrapper, Jack Draper is now a 'tennis killer' with a Wimbledon dream18 June, 2022Peniston beaten at Queen's but has 100,000 reasons to be cheerful about grass season17 June, 2022Raducanu set to arrive at Wimbledon with just 33 minutes of match practice on grass16 June, 2022Berrettini was hardly on the entry list for Wimbledon just a few months ago. He had surgery on his right hand back in March and spent three months on the sidelines before returning with a bang to win in Stuttgart and then west London.“My team can tell you, I arrived to Stuttgart and I wasn’t feeling great,” Berrettini said.“I wasn’t hitting the ball the way I wanted it that way I used to do and I was like, ‘guys, I think it’s gonna be tough’. And then it went pretty well!“I guess I’m Italian. I’m always complaining, you know? I cannot complain now.”He is the first player in the Open era to win at Queen’s on his first two visits to the club for a tournament which he insists is more than just a preparation for Wimbledon.There are many things about Queen’s that are inherently aesthetically pleasing but also very British: the verdant courts, the planters that decorate the pavilion, the brass band playing covers of pop songs popular five years ago, the applause that only for the most exciting of matches is incited to more than a ripple.It was pleasing too that Krajinovic arrived for the final in an all-white outfit that he will presumably reprise at the All England Club next week while Berrettini was wearing all black but for his trainers. Just a few weeks ago at Roland Garros, legend of the game Billie Jean King had raised her old gripe about players often facing off in the same outfit, a nightmare for the casual viewer and the kind of thing that is outlawed in team sports.
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.Their game styles are similarly contrasting. Berrettini has little to hid about his strengths – the serve and the forehand – and his weaknesses – the backhand. They carried him to the final for a second straight year and to 19 victories in his last 20 matches on grass. Only Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have beaten him on this surface since Wimbledon 2019.By comparison, Djokovic’s compatriot Krajinovic had almost no grass-court pedigree before this run, but showed a refreshing willingness to adapt to the conditions, reprising the serve and volley that was once a mainstay of the British summer before the baseliners took over. But he struggled with the first part of that one-two punch in the early stages while Berrettini interspersed his seemingly limitless firepower with touch and cunning.To his credit, Krajinovic did capitalise on Berrettini not quite hitting his spots to break back midway through these, but lacking a truly venomous serve himself, he could not stop himself being broken once again at 5-5 and the now-firing Italian converted his first set point with a simple forehand putaway. Krajinovic had escaped unscathed from the opening game when he was 0-40 down but, in a more pivotal game at 2-2 in the second, he could not repeat the feat when a Berrettini backhand return was too much for him to handle.The great players are all great frontrunners and having a serve that is perhaps unrivalled in world tennis right now is a big help: Krajinovic never got closer than 40-30 in the rest of the set and a 137 mph ace out wide was all Berrettini needed to take his very first match point.The world rankings mean Berrettini will be the No 8 seed in Friday’s Wimbledon draw. In fact, he is certainly the No 2. He will take some beating.Follow i sport on Facebook for more tennis news, interviews and features, or listen to the Love Tennis Podcast presented by i‘s James Gray on iTunes, Spotify or just search “Love Tennis” wherever you get your podcasts
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