ATP Queen’s: Matteo Berrettini wins title on debut and follows Boris Becker’s feat

The top seed Matteo Berrettini went all the way at Queen’s to secure the fifth ATP title and the first at the ATP 500 level! The Italian defeated Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in an hour and 57 minutes, never facing a break point and stealing the Briton’s serve twice to move over the top and celebrate the second title of the season. The Italian hit 36 winners and 26 unforced errors, throwing everything he had at his opponent and becoming the first Queen’s champion on a debut since Boris Becker in 1985! Norrie gave his best to remain in touch with a better-ranked opponent, taking the second set in the tie break but failing to reach another in the decider and handing the trophy to Berrettini. Both players made a great start in their service games before a left-hander hit a double fault at 2-2 to fall 3-2 behind. Matteo confirmed the lead with an ace in game six and landed another in game eight for a 5-3 advantage.

Matteo Berrettini became the first debutant with the Queen’s title since 1985.

Serving for the set two games later, Berrettini blasted another unreturned serve to claim the opener 6-4 in just over 30 minutes. There was nothing to separate them in the second set’s opening eight games, with dominant displays behind the initial shot on both sides. At 4-4, Cameron fended off two break chances to stay alive until the tie break, a must-winning one for him if he wanted to extend the battle. The home favorite claimed a mini-break in the second point and opened a 4-1 advantage after Matteo’s errors. Two winners sent Norrie 6-3 ahead, and he claimed the set in the 12th point after forcing the opponent’s mistake.

The returners claimed only a couple of points in the deciding set’s opening five games, with nothing to separate them ahead of a potential tie break. Norrie fended off two break chances in the sixth game to stay alive and forged a 40-0 lead at 3-4. Out of a sudden, Matteo claimed five straight points to earn the crucial break and open a 5-3 lead, serving for the title in the next one. Needing no second invitation, Berrettini blasted three booming serves to find himself over the top in that ninth game, celebrating the biggest title of his career and standing as one of the contenders at the upcoming Wimbledon. 

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