Unbeaten Berrettini retains Queen's title

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Matteo Berrettini looks in prime shape for another deep run at Wimbledon.

The Italian retained his grass-court Queen's Club title by beating Filip Krajinovic 7-5 6-4 in Sunday's final, backing up his title triumph in Stuttgart last week.

With Wimbledon starting on June 27, Berrettini is heading to the All England Club having won 20 of his last 21 matches on grass - his only loss coming against Novak Djokovic in four sets in last year's Wimbledon final.

Krajinovic was a surprise finalist in west London, having never won a match on grass at ATP level before this week, and the 30-year-old Serb usually tries to skip grass-court events if he can.

His serve wasn't big enough to threaten the tall and imposing Berrettini, who only gave up two break points and sent down 14 aces - more than double the tally from Krajinovic.

The last of those came on match point, after which Berrettini smashed a ball high into the sky and jumped the advertising hoardings to celebrate with his team and then his dad on Father's Day.

Berrettini joined Australian Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic and Feliciano Lopez in being a multiple title winner at Queen's since the turn of the century.

He has won all nine matches since returning to action in Stuttgart after three months out with a hand injury.

Krajinovic lost his fifth straight ATP final, with two of them now coming against Berrettini.

Berrettini said: "There are too many emotions. The last thing I expected after a surgery was two titles in a row and to defend my title here. I just cannot believe it.

"Every time I walk in the hallways here and see all the names of the champions from the past, and now knowing it's me, twice on the same wall, gives me goosebumps."

Krajinovic's unlikely run to the final will earn him enough ranking points to be among the seeds at Wimbledon, where he has suffered four first-round exits.

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