No. 1 seed Matteo Berrettini came to Queen's with the goal of making the final and he achieved it after beating Alex de Minaur 6-4 6-4 in the semifinal. Berrettini claimed one break in each set and dropped no service games to book a straight-set win.
"That was the goal of the week [making the final], and now I have one more step. It is a great achievement, especially for the history of this tournament. I am really happy because to beat Alex today, I had to play my best tennis,” Berrettini said.
“The mentality is that I always think I can win my service games. I know that I have a big weapon with my serve and first shot. If I sleep too well it means something is off ahead of the final. I have to be nervous and tight a little bit, otherwise the adrenaline does not kick in and it is tougher to play,” Berrettini added.
Berrettini plays Cameron Norrie in the Queen's final
Home favorite Norrie beat Denis Shapovalov 7-5 6-4 to make the Queen's final. “I think I played very, very well today, I was extremely clutch on some of the big points,” Norrie said.
“I am so pleased to be through to the final here, I can’t even describe it. It has not really sunk in yet. It is nice to get over the line there, and all credit to Denis, it was a tough match. “It is a huge tournament for me and one of my biggest achievements so far, so I couldn’t be more pleased with myself.
Let’s see if I can win one more tomorrow”. Elsewhere, Andrey Rublev beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1 3-6 6-3 to reach the Halle final. “It’s my first final on grass and in Halle,” said Rublev. “I think I can play on every surface and I will try my best again tomorrow.
I had good opportunities to break him (Basilashvili) in the second set, some quite easy forehands and I stressed a little showing my emotions. I then came back and stayed calm, until the last game. But I won”. Rublev will be fighting Ugo Humbert in the final.
Humbert edged out Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4 3-6 7-6 (5) to reach the final. “It was an amazing match from both of us, but it was very tough physically and mentally,” Humbert said in an on-court interview. “I’m very proud to win this match, it was exceptional.
“It gives me a lot of confidence [winning matches like this], and when you win some matches 7-6 two times in the third set”.