Berrettini Better Than Norrie, Collects First ATP 500 Win At Queen’s, Wimbledon Title Contender?
by Staff | June 20th, 2021, 3:36 pm
Matteo Berrettini made the most of his Queen’s Club debut. The burly Italian ousted Andy Murray and then today defeated first-time finalist and Murray’s countryman Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 to win the Queen’s Club grass title.
Berrettini won his 5th career ATP title, second on grass and first at the 500 level. He didn’t drop a set until the final and in the title match, the 25-year-old didn’t face a break point, losing serve just twice the entire event. Three of his five wins came over Brits.
“It was definitely a really good week. When you win a tournament, it means that you’re playing good. But I think during the tournament, after every match I was increasing my level,” Berrettini said. “I think today I had to play my best tennis, especially in the important points, to win.
“I’m really happy with my performance overall.”
After a career week, Norrie was appearing in his first ATP final, and pushed the champion to three sets. The 25-year-old will see his ranking climb from No. 41 to inside the Top 35 and right on the cusp of a Wimbledon seeding. Norrie posted upset wins over Aslan Karatsev and Denis Shapovalov en route to his first title match.
“I think I played okay. The first set I just donated him the break, and that was the first set. I didn’t have any really chances on his serve,” Norrie said. “But he’s tricky because he’s obviously serving very good first and second serve, and then you’re back to serving very quickly. Obviously not easy, but I did everything I could.”
In his short career on grass, Berrettini is now 17-5 on the surface with two titles. He’ll be among the top threats to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon next week. In his last match at Wimbledon, Berrettini managed just five games against Roger Federer in the fourth round in 2019.
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