Great service Matteo Berettini set for the first time in the Queen’s Club tournament before defeating Britain’s Cameron Nori 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in Sunday’s final.
The 25-year-old Berretini became the first newcomer to triumph at Queen’s by Boris Becker in 1985. Becker continued to win Wimbledon that same year.
“It’s been an amazing week to think about Boris Becker’s name and my name is crazy,” Beretini said. “I’ve been watching the tournament since I was a child and it’s a dream come true to win it.”
The key for Nori was to keep his own service and then hope to get a chance or two from Berrettini’s booming serves, which could touch 225 km / h or hit the tiebreak.
It was a huge failure for Nori when two double faults gave Berretini a breakthrough in the opening set, which he continued with another non-refundable serve.
Nori saved two break points before continuing 5-4 in the second and had seen an opening at 6-5, 15-30 on Berrettini’s serve, but quickly disappeared.
However, in the tiebreak the plan worked to perfection, Nori pierced the mini-break, collected three set points and took the third on the serve when Berretini sailed long from backhand.
Two more break points were repulsed by Nori at 2-3 in the decisive, but in his next serve he took the lead with 40: 0, giving the net to Berretini the chance to serve for the championship.
Berrettini has won his previous 45 service matches this week and made 46 to love winning his fifth ATP title and the biggest of his career. He became the first Italian to claim the title of queen.
Nori became the first British player to reach the final after Andy Murray in 2016.
Nori represents Britain after being born in South Africa, grew up in New Zealand and played collegially in the United States.
Britain’s Gordon Reed won the wheelchair final in singles with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez.