Matteo Berrettini collected his second career title Sunday in Budapest, besting Filip Krajinovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
“It was a really tough match,” Berrettini said. “It was cold and windy. The balls were moving a lot. So I was really focused on my game.
“After the first set I just told myself to fight game after game, point after point and I’m really happy because it was really difficult.”
The 23-year-old Italian only dropped two sets en route to the title. Berrettini, who won Gstaad last July, found himself down a set after slipping on serve. But them rode his serve to the win taking 12 of the last 15 games.
“I was winning not too much and I think the key was my serve. I improved a lot my backhand. Those were the keys,” Berrettini said. “My forehand, especially on the clay, is a good weapon. Today was a great day for my forehand. But during the tournament my backhand and my serve helped me a lot.”
The 27-year-old Krajinovic came up short again in his second career ATP final.
“He deserved to win, so I’m happy for him,” Krajinovic said. “It’s been a great week for me coming through qualies, now into the final. I’m going home happy.”
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