Until Sunday, it had been 36 years since a player won Queen’s at the first time of asking. That man was Boris Becker, only 17 at the time, who went on to create arguably the greatest Wimbledon story of all just three weeks later. Italy’s Matteo Berrettini – who equalled Becker’s feat – can hardly be called a prodigy. He turned 25 in April, and was still toiling away on the second-tier Challenger circuit until relatively recently. But he can match Becker on at least one front: a blood-curdling se
Big-serving Matteo Berrettini dropped a set for the first time at the Queen's Club tournament before going on to beat Britain's Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in Sunday's final. The 25-year-old Berrettini became the first newcomer to triumph at Queen’s since Boris Becker in 1985. Becker went on to win Wimbledon in the same year.
Qualifier Liudmila Samsonova completed a remarkable week by beating Belinda Bencic 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 to win the German Open on Sunday. Samsonova rallied after losing the opening set and hit 14 aces to on her way to her first ATP Tour title at the grass-court Wimbledon warm-up tournament. The 106th-ranked Russian came through two rounds of qualifying and pulled off major upsets on her way as she ousted two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka in the semifinal after eliminating two former Grand Slam finalists, Madison Keys and Marketa Vondrousova, in earlier rounds.