Matteo Berrettini (6/1 Wimbledon Outright) has beaten Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic in straight sets to win the Queen’s title for a second year in a row.
The Italian put on a very strong display in the final to perhaps underline his Wimbledon credentials with some excellent serving to win the match 7-5 6-4.
Berrettini, who defeated Briton Cameron Norrie in last year’s final at Queen’s before going on to reach the final at Wimbledon, now has another title to his name despite enduring a largely difficult year following surgery on his right hand.
The 26-year-old was unable to play in the French Open but has excelled once more in the grass season and has now won back-to-back tournaments after his success in the final of the Stuttgart Open, beating Andy Murray 6-4 5-7 6-3 last weekend.
Berrettini has won 20 of his last 21 matches on grass, the only defeat coming in the final of last year’s Wimbledon as he was beaten by Novak Djokovic (5/6 fav Wimbledon Outright).
The world number ten was in control throughout against Krajinovic, who can no doubt leave the Queen’s Club with his head held high after a strong run, having never previously won a main draw ATP match on grass.
An emotional Berrettini said after the match that he did not expect to be so successful soon after surgery.
“The last thing I expected was coming back from a surgery and winning two titles in a row, defending my title here, one of the most prestigious titles we have so I don’t know,” Berrettini said, who has now won seven career titles.
“I don’t want to cry but most of the job is thanks to them, my team, my family, and my people who are close to me.”