Matteo Berrettini defends the Queen title by defeating Filip Krajinovic in straight sets | Tennis News
Matteo Berrettini defended his cinch Championships title at Queen’s Club by defeating Filip Krajinovic in straight sets.
The Italian, runner-up at Wimbledon last year ahead of Novak Djokovic, beat fellow Serbian surprise forfeit Krajinovic 7-5 6-4 to claim the title for the second consecutive year.
In doing so, Berrettini joined some illustrious names; John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray as the only players to successfully retain the Queen’s Club crown.
The world number 10 has been invincible this season on grass with back-to-back titles, having beaten Andy Murray in Stuttgart last weekend.
Berrettini had too much firepower for unranked Krajinovic, who has now lost all five of his Tour-level finals.
Berrettini, who won the title in Stuttgart this month, has now won 20 of his last 21 matches on grass, his only loss coming in the Wimbledon final last year.
He was forced to work hard by Krajinovic who broke in the first set, only to get broken again at 5-5.
A double fault by Krajinovic proved costly at 2-3 in the second set as Berrettini earned the decisive break on serve and went on to claim his seventh career title.
Berrettini said: “There are too many emotions. The last thing I expected after the operation was to win two titles in a row and defend my title here. I just can’t believe it.
“Every time I walk down the halls here and see all the names of champions from the past, and now knowing it’s me, twice, on the same wall gives me goosebumps.”
Krajinovic’s unlikely run to the final will earn him enough ranking points to be among the top seeds at Wimbledon, where he suffered four first-round exits.
He said: “It’s been an incredible, very emotional last 10 days of being in my first final on grass.
“Just before this tournament, I had never won a game on grass and I hated playing on grass. But now I feel that I want to play more and more. For sure I will play here next year. “
Hurkacz stuns Medvedev to clinch Halle title
Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz also showed his Wimbledon credentials on Sunday, beating world number one Daniil Medvedev 6-1 6-4 to win the ATP 500 tournament on grass in Halle.
World number 12 Hurkacz beat Medvedev and Roger Federer en route to the semi-finals at Wimbledon last year and showed he will once again be a force to be reckoned with when the Championships begin on June 27.
Halle is the 25-year-old’s fifth ATP singles title, and he kept his record in the final so far unblemished with victory in just over an hour when he converted his second match point with a backhand volley.
On the other hand, it was a fifth consecutive defeat in a league match for Medvedev, who has not won a title since denying Novak Djokovic the Grand Slam schedule in the final of the US Open last year and won a first major tournament.
Medvedev, who will not be allowed to compete at Wimbledon due to his ban on Russian and Belarusian players, entered Sunday’s match without dropping a set while saving 22 of the 23 break points he faced in his four games. But the Russian struggled to get his first serves as Hurkacz took a 5-0 lead in no time with two breaks from his opponent’s delivery.
Medvedev eventually held his serve behind 5-1 before Hurkacz completed the first set in 27 minutes.
There was no end to Medvedev’s frustrations in the second set, however, as the Pole again broke serve early, continuing to dominate the exchanges both from the back of the court and as he advanced towards the net.
Medvedev saved two break points to hold his serve in the seventh game to stay close to Hurkacz, but he couldn’t recover the break against his opponent, who didn’t give the Russian a single chance on his own delivery throughout the game.
Beatriz Haddad Maia lands back-to-back titles
An emotional Beatriz Haddad Maia won back-to-back titles on grass when her opponent Zhang Shuai retired at the Rothesay Classic Birmingham.
After rain washed away the game on Saturday, the semi-finals and final both took place on Sunday, with Haddad Maia and Zhang advancing to the final via tough battles against Simona Halep and Sorana Cirstea, respectively.
Zhang got off to the best start but Brazil’s Haddad Maia, who also lifted the trophy in Nottingham last week, fought back and had taken a 5-4 lead when the Chinese player called the coach for treatment on his neck and decided she was unable to continue. .
Speaking on the court, Zhang, who also played an indoor doubles match on Saturday, said: “It was really difficult to play after two and a half hours of singles and I’ve already played seven matches this week.
“I’m really tired. Really difficult to play on an indoor hard court and get back on the grass. My body doesn’t work anymore. Sorry.”
Haddad Maia will hit a career-high 29 on Monday, which means she will be seeded for Wimbledon, and she tearfully paid tribute to her team.
In 2020, the 26-year-old was given a 10-month doping ban despite a panel accepting that her positive test was the result of a tainted supplement and that she carried no significant fault.
Haddad Maia said: “We came from one title last week and it wasn’t enough. They were pushing me, trying to break boundaries and be stronger every day. I wouldn’t have this trophy without it. them.
“Nobody knows what we’ve been through in the last two years. It’s something I couldn’t explain. A year ago I was playing a final in a [bottom tier] 25K [tournament].
“If I didn’t have this power, this determination, it would be impossible. I’m really happy to be here with everyone here watching me play. Everything I’ve been through in my life has made me feel feel stronger.”
Jabeur wins in Berlin
There was also a retirement in the final of the Bett1 Berlin Open, where Belinda Bencic injured her ankle in the last match of the first set against Ons Jabeur.
Bencic continued for three games of the second set but then had to concede, with Jabeur leading 6-3 2 1.
Jabeur comforted Bencic at the net, then hastily packed a cooler with ice for the Swiss player to rest her injured ankle.
“I told her, forget it, forget today. The most important thing for me is that she’s okay,” Jabeur said.
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