Matteo Berrettini headlines in Stuttgart after victory over Andy Murray, two weeks away from Wimbledon

Murray will have been valiant, Murray will have resisted, Murray will have even shouted several times, but Murray has finally given in. Faced with a comfortable Matteo Berrettini on the pitch, the Scot cracked in 2:36 and three innings, let go by his physique, after a rough fight and in a tense atmosphere (6-4, 5-7, 6- 3). The Italian, the 10th player in the world and No. 2 seed, wins the Stuttgart tournament for the second time in his career thanks to this success in the final. Above all, he has opened his headline counter in this 2022 season.

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19 aces and a service always as efficient

As usual, Berrettini will be able to thank him for his service. Apart from the 19 aces that came out throughout the match, the Italian also relied on his power during the hot and tense moments, as on the only break ball conceded in the third set, which was ruled out by a very solid second ball. . After a masterful first overall set and during which he did not leave the slightest break point to the Scotsman (6-4), the finalist of the last Wimbledon thought he saw the scenario repeated in the second set, when he led 15-40 on the service of his opponent in 4 games everywhere.

Moreover, Andy Murray, found a German public acquis for this cause, was then in physical and mental resources to save these match quasi-balles and pray at the central court. Playing on the Italian’s nerves by talking a lot to his clan as usual, the Briton outwitted his opponent to pocket the second inning (7-5).

Murray let go of his physique

But Murray’s body then reminded him of reality. Broken from the start of the third set, the former world No. 1 turned to the physiotherapist for the first time, the fault of a painful hip and which took him so far away from the courts. Courage, he resisted but at 4-3, when the match reached an interesting level of tension, a second call to the physio aura was fatal. Murray was no longer able to serve properly, and Berrettini was not asked to finish the set (6-3) and postpone his first title of the season.

Andy Murray, beaten in Stuttgart, but the author of a great week in Germany

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Andy Murray will have tried in vain, but his German week remains a success. Relegated to 68th place in the world, the two-time Wimbledon winner (2013 and 2016) successively took out Bublik, Tsitsipas and Kyrgios in Stuttgart. Good luck for the future – if his physique holds up – and for the London Grand Slam, his announced goal. Berrettini, for his part, confirms that he is a reference on the pitch, and that he will have to be picked up to prevent him from repeating his performance from last year, where he simply failed against Novak Djokovic in the final.

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