Matteo Berrettini: I watched Queen’s as a kid, winning it was a dream come true

Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini absolutely enjoyed his week at the Queen’s Club and the icing on the cake for him was winning the title. 

Berrettini, who was seeded at No. 1 in the Queen’s, was making his Queen’s debut this week. 

In the final, top-ranked Italian tennis player Berrettini beat home favorite Cameron Norrie 6-4 6-7 (5) 6-3. 

Berrettini dropped only one set en route to winning the title as he claimed four straight-set wins and a three-set win in the final.

Berrettini became the first debutant to win Queen’s since the days of Boris Becker. 

“[It was an] unbelievable week,” Berrettini said during the trophy ceremony. “If I think about [Boris’] name and my name, it’s crazy. I was dreaming about playing this tournament. I was watching [it] when I was a kid and now I had the chance to lift the trophy, so it’s a dream come true.”

Berrettini didn’t let Norrie claim a comeback win 

Berrettini realized his first break point of the match in the fifth game, before serving out for the opener in the 10th game. 

In the second set, Berrettini had two consecutive break points in the ninth game but failed to convert. 

In the tie-break, Norrie won the opening two points and then held on to his serve the rest of the tie-break to force a decider. 

Berrettini also had two consecutive break points in the sixth game of the third set but failed to convert.

Norrie had three consecutive game points in the eighth game but he blew them all as Berrettini broke and served out for the match in the following game. 

“He’s a great player. We never played each other and I think this year he’s shown how he can play on all surfaces,” Berrettini said. “He’s made finals, he’s playing great tennis… I’m sure he’s going to lift a title really soon.”

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