Italy’s Matteo Barretini announced his intention to face another formidable challenge at Wimbledon on Sunday after retaining his ATP Queen’s Club title and joining the elite group of players. Beretini defeated Serbia’s Philip Krajinovic 7-5, 6-4 in the final of the Wimbledon warm-up event. The goal now is to get better at Wimbledon, one of only four tennis majors still playing on the grass, after losing to Novak Djokovic in last year’s final.
Barretini’s victory meant he joined John McNero, Jimmy Connors, Boris Baker, Evan Lendl, Layton Hewitt, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray as the only player to win the Back to Back Queens title in the Open.
World No. 10 is in excellent grass court form this season after returning from hand surgery.
The 26-year-old Bertini has now won two consecutive tournaments since beating Murray in Stuttgart last weekend, and Sunday’s victory added to his confidence just eight days before the start of Wimbledon.
Krajinovic, who has never won a match on the grass before this week, was the first player to lose his service in Sunday’s final.
But the world number 48 broke straight back to a commendable 3-3 draw.
However, Berrettini led 6-5 and then held the serve to take the first set.
Krajinovich missed the opportunity and Beretini broke the middle of the second set before finishing with an ace.
“There are a lot of emotions,” Beretini said shortly after his latest victory. “The last thing I expected after a surgery was to win two titles in a row and to defend my title here. I can’t believe it.
“Every time I walk down the aisle here and see the names of all the past champions, and now knowing that it is me, I laugh twice on the same wall.”
Krajinovich, meanwhile, was pleased with a performance that gave him hope of improving on a disappointing record at Wimbledon, where he suffered four defeats in the first round.
“It’s been an amazing last 10 days. It was very emotional to be in our first final on the grass,” he said.
“Before this tournament I never won a match on the grass and I hated playing on the grass. But now I think I want to play as much as possible.”
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