Italian Matteo Berrettini won his third career title on Sunday denying Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-6(11) to take the Stuttgart crown.
The 23-year-old Berrettini never dropped serve during the week and never faced a break point during the Sunday final.
“On grass, the first tournament of the year, beating these unbelievable guys.. there were a lot of tough moments,” said Berrettini, who did not lose a set during his run, ousting second seed Karen Khachanov in the second round. “I never lost my serve, but all the matches were so close and I’m really happy for what I did on the court because it was mentally really difficult to stay there and I’m really proud of myself.”
Berrettini has now reached a final in each of the last three months, winning Budapest in April and reaching the Munich final last month.
The 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime will continue to see his ranking rise, but he falls to 0-3 in ATP finals, all three this year and all without winning a set.
“It’s been an amazing week whatever the outcome today. I think I surprised myself every match this week being able to reach another final and my first one on grass, so it’s been amazing,” said Auger-Aliassime. “Obviously Matteo was too good today. I gave it my all, but he played good in the important moments and he deserves it.”
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