“If I Sleep Too Well It Means Something is Off”: Matteo Berrettini On Reaching Queen’s Club Championship 2021 Finals

Published 06/20/2021, 5:25 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Queen’s Club Championships – Queen’s Club, London, Britain – June 17, 2021 Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in action during his quarter-final match against Britain’s Andy Murray Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs


The Queen’s Club Championship is coming to a close with the semifinals concluding today. All eyes will now be on the final tomorrow, where, in an unusual circumstance, Matteo Berrettini has reached his first final at the Queen’s Club Championship.

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Berrettini beat Alex De Minaur in straight sets and reached the final in his debut at the tournament. He won 6-4, 6-4, and will face homeboy, Cameron Norrie for the title. Cameron won his semifinal match against Denis Shapovalov, 7-5, 6-3.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 8, 2021, Italy’s Matteo Berrettini reacts during his semi final match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Matteo Berrettini and his run at the Queen’s Club Championship

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Matteo Berrettini had possibly the toughest draw in the tournament. The Italian played against tournament favorite, Andy Murray, in the second round, and won for the first time against the Scott.

Even though this was the second meeting between the two players, the World No.9 managed to pull off an upset. Berrettini played against an injury-prone Murray, as a result of which he won 6-3, 6-3 against the Scott. Berrettini beat another Briton, Dan Evans, in the quarterfinals, and set up his semifinal match with Alex De Minaur.

The semifinal matchup against Alex was another comfortable win for the Italian man. The World No.9 played against the Aussie for the first time competitively and eased past the World No.22 in just 84 minutes to reach the final in his first Queen’s Championship.

That was the goal of the week [making the final], 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,” said Berrettini in his post match interview.

Berretini’s mentality and records

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Matteo Berrettini can become the first player to win the tournament in his debut run since Boris Becker in 1985. The Italian has reached the final without dropping a set yet and will look for a podium finish in the warmup tournament before Wimbledon Championships. He will look to add another grass court title under his belt, since winning in Stuttgart in 2019.

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,” said Berrettini in his post-match interview.

The finals will be played tomorrow, at 18:00 IST. The two finalists will be meeting for the first time, and the winner will have the Wimbledon Championship on their minds. The winner will get a major confidence boost after winning the final tomorrow.

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