Matteo Berrettini underscored his Wimbledon credentials by defeating Filip Krajinovic to secure the Queen’s title for the second year in a row.
The second-seeded Italian produced another powerful service to beat Serbian Krajinovic 7-5, 6-4.
Berrettini has now won 20 of his last 21 games on grass, with his only loss coming in last year’s Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic.
“There are too many emotions – I want to cry,” said the 26-year-old
The world No. 10 has now won back-to-back titles after beating Andy Murray and winning the Stuttgart Open last week.
Berrettini returned to the tour in Stuttgart just last week after undergoing surgery on his right hand and admitted he wasn’t sure what form he would find.
He slapped his chest in celebration and roared at the crowd after converting his first match point with an ace out.
He then headed over to celebrate with his father, who flew in to London for the game, and his team, who covered him in water in celebration.
“I forgot how difficult the trophy was,” Berrettini joked in his on-pitch interview.
“The last thing I expected was to come back from surgery and win two titles in a row.”
He is among the favorites for Wimbledon, which starts on June 27th.
By contrast, Krajinovic has lost all five finals he has participated in – but he will leave the Queen’s Club with some positive results after failing to win a main-draw ATP match on grass before this week.
“I really hated playing on grass before this tournament but that can change,” he said.
“Playing a final here is very special and I now feel like I want to play more and more, so we’ll see how it goes.
“You guys helped me so much and I felt like I was playing at home, so thank you for that.”
Berrettini secures impressive victory
Berrettini was a heavy favorite for the game due to his qualification for the grass court. He started well, scoring four early break points before claiming the fifth with a backhand volley.
However, Krajinovic, who’s visibly gained confidence over the week, hit back straight away with a volley of his own to earn the break.
The two were evenly matched, but with such a powerful serve from Berrettini – winning 79% of the points behind his first serve throughout the game – the pressure was always on the Serb.
A calculated backhand from Krajinovic gave Berrettini the break at 6-5 and the Italian didn’t blink, with a huge forehand winner in the corner of the court securing the set.
The Italian kept up the pressure in the second game to take a 3-2 lead. His nerves only showed when he fell back to 15:30 on serve.
However, he reeled off the next two points before raising his arms in triumph as his win was confirmed.