Matteo Berrettini will seek his second career grass title Sunday at Queen’s Club against surprise finalist Cameron Norrie.
The Italian No. 1 overpowered Alex De Minaur 6-4, 6-4 today in the semifinal round. Berrettini hasn’t dropped a set en route to his seventh career final.
“That was the goal of the week, 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.”
Norrie had a wait to see who he played in the semifinal. Denis Shapovalov finished off Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4 in a match suspended Friday night due to darkness.
Shapovalov had the early break lead but Norrie came back. He broke Shapovalov late in the second and then served it out to reach the biggest final of his career, and fourth overall.
“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.”
The 25-year-old former TCU standout is having an incredible year now with three finals and 29 match wins.
Norrie will seek a first career title against Berrettini. The two have never played before.
“Matteo is one of the best players on the Tour at the moment,” Norrie said. “He’s got a good forehand and likes the drop shots, so maybe I’ll have a chat to Evo and Andy and will see if they have any tips for me.”
Berrettini is a 4-time ATP champion having won the grass event in Stuttgart in 2019.
“If I sleep too well tonight I’ll know something is off,” Berrettini said. “I have to be nervous, I have to be tired a little bit otherwise the adrenaline doesn’t kick in. I just hope that I’m going to sleep enough.”
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