World No. 10 and the defending champion Matteo Berrettini made a successful title defence of his title at the 2022 Queen’s Club as he defeated Filip Krajinovic 7-5, 6-4 in 1 hour and 33 minutes becoming the first player in the Open Era to win the Queen’s Club title in his first two tournament appearances.
In a service masterclass by Matteo, he fired 14 aces making 3 double faults, converted 3 of the 7 points, hit 38 winners and made 17 unforced errors to win 71 points in the match. Filip had no reply managing 6 aces, 2 double faults, managed a mere 11 winners and committed 17 unforced errors to finish the match with 56 points to see Matteo join an elite list of players to defend their titles in the tournament.
“I was not hitting the ball how I wanted”: Matteo Berrettini on his form after the surgery
Matteo had missed the entire claycourt season due to his hand surgery and was a doubt for the grass season as well on how well he could cope. He has however now won two consecutive titles and is well suited to be considered a title contender at the next week’s 2022 Wimbledon Championships having finished as the runner-up in the 2021 edition.
“There are so many emotions. The last thing I expected was to come back from surgery and win two titles in a row. Defend my title here at one of the most prestigious tournaments we have. I don’t want to cry. Most of the job is thanks to them, my team and my family. I just can’t believe it.
“I arrived in Stuttgart and was not feeling great. I was not hitting the ball how I wanted and I was like ‘Guys, I think it is going to be tough’. But it has gone pretty well!” said Berrettini in his on-court interview after lifting the trophy for the second year in a row.