Matteo Berrettini: I was dreaming of playing Queen's and now I'm Queen's champion



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Matteo Berrettini: I was dreaming of playing Queen's and now I'm Queen's champion

World No. 9 Matteo Berrettini enjoyed his week at the Queen's Club and winning it all there was a perfect ending to the week for him. Berrettini, seeded at No. 1 in the Queen's main draw, beat British home favorite Cameron Norrie 6-4 6-7 (5) 6-3 in the final.

Berrettini claimed the first break of the match in the fifth game and served out for the opener in the 10th game. Norrie saved two consecutive break points in the second set to force a tie-break, which he won to force a decider.

Norrie blew three consecutive break points in the eighth game of the third set as Berrettini broke and served out for the match in the ninth game. 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 praised Humbert

"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 of Norrie. "He’s made finals, he’s playing great tennis… I’m sure he’s going to lift a title really soon."

Elsewhere, Ugo Humbert beat Andrey Rublev 6-3 7-6 (4) to win Halle. “It is incredible. It is the best victory of my career,” Humbert said. “I am very proud because it wasn’t easy. I was a little bit tired, but I tried to stay focused on each point, and did what I could, so it is very nice.

“I tried to stay aggressive and take the ball early because in the baseline rallies it was tough, because Andrey was hitting the ball very hard. Physically, it was tough, and I tried to take my chances when I could, and I won”.

Rublev was happy despite the runner-up fiinish. “It has been a really great week for me, with my first grass final,” Rublev said. “It was not easy in the beginning. Everything was so fast, just one or two shots.

At 3-4 I hit three second serves in a row and he returned twice deep and with the new balls it was really tough. “The second set was good for both of us. In the tie-break I had a big chance with the forehand but I missed them, but it happens and I can’t control it. He was serving very well”.