Berrettini also beats Van de Zandschulp and returns to the final at Queen's

First Italian to win Queen’s, Berrettini adds another record to his already extraordinary career. He easily beats (6-4, 6-3) Botic van de Zandschulp in the semifinal and becomes the first blue to go to the final twice in England’s second most prestigious tournament after Wimbledon. For the Roman, in the 10th final in his career, this is the 8th victory in a row after the 84-day stop for surgery on his hand. Imagining a better return was truly impossible.

Berrettini – Van de Zandschulp: the Queen’s semi-final live

by Jacopo Manfredi

A more focused Berrettini than in previous matches

The good news, beyond the result, is that Berrettini appeared in clear growth on the physical level after the wavering successes with Kudla and Paul. Against the Dutch, no. 29 of the world, who last year had made him suffer at Wimbledon despite yielding in three sets, started much better than in the previous matches: more centered, less foul and well supported by the service (82% of firsts in the first 4 rounds of serve), he flew ahead 5-2, managing to get the break on the 9th chance at the end of an interminable 7th game thanks to a double foul by the opponent. On the most beautiful stage, however, Berrettini served worse and, after missing a set point, conceded the counter-break committing himself a double fault. The Roman was good, however, not to disunite in the following game: perfect at the response and more aggressive he put Van de Zandschulp in difficulty by closing the set (6-4) with two excellent volleys.

Berrettini dominates Paul and flies to the semi-final at Queen’s

by Jacopo Manfedi

The stop due to rain did not distract the blue

In the second set Berrettini tried again to run away at 2-1 but missed 3 balls in a row (0-40) to fly to 3-1. He tried again to get the break in the 6th game but at this point the rain intervened to ruin his plans while he was at 3-2, 40-30. The Roman did not disunite and, after a 29 ‘stop, he went to take the decisive point with an aggressive attack. Van de Zandschulp did not give up all the way but even his latest comeback attempt (5-3, 0-30) was stopped in the bud by Berrettini who, thanks to a passer-by in a spin and then a long volley, made the difference by closing 6-3 at the first match-point.

Berrettini: “My best match at Queen’s”

“I am very happy because I have played my best match at Queen’s so far. It was mentally tough as I missed many opportunities and I had to manage the interruption due to rain,” said the Roman at the end. “It’s incredible to be back in the final again. I got there and I think I can do well on Sunday as well. Berrettini, who reached a record of 31 wins in 37 matches on grass (83.78%, overtaken Sampras, ed. ) does not want to compare himself to the few champions who have done better than him in percentage: Federer (86.9%), McEnroe (85.8), Djokovic (85%) and Laver (84.8): “They made history of tennis, not if I manage to overcome them “, added Berrettini who, during the interview on the sidelines, answered with a smile to those who asked him to marry him:” Marry me? Let me think about it … “, he replied, snatching the laughter of the public who have now elected him their favorite.

Halle: Medvedev folds Otte and flies to the final

In the other grass tournament underway this week, in Halle, Germany, Daniil Medvedev did not miss the opportunity to hit another final after last week’s one in d’Hertogenbosch. Against the German Oscar Otte, already semifinalist in Stuttgart a few days ago, he played a solid match winning 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 after having recovered a disadvantage in the first fraction. The N. 1 of the world, who will not participate in Wimbledon due to the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian tennis players for the war in Ukraine, will face the winner of the match between the Polish Hubert Hurkacz and the Australian Nick Kyrgios on Sunday.

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