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Berrettini dispels Murray's dream in Stuttgart

Berrettini dispels Murray’s dream in Stuttgart

Stuttgart (AFP)
Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, ranked 10th in the world, won the Stuttgart Championships on grass for the second time in his career, defeating British veteran Andy Murray 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in an exciting match.
Berrettini, last year’s Wimbledon runner-up, has been out of competition since last March after undergoing surgery on his hand and made a successful comeback in Stuttgart, where he won his second title after 2019.
As for Murray, he lost his second final this year after the Australian Sydney Games.
“It’s unbelievable… to come back from an injury and from the first surgery in my life and to win a championship, that’s great,” said Berrettini, 26, after winning his sixth title.
Murray played the 70th final of his professional career, and his last victory returns to the Belgian tournament in Antwerp in 2019, and on grass to Wimbledon 2016.
Murray, 35, has suffered a lot in recent years, specifically in 2017, from many injuries to the hip and thigh, which forced him to undergo several surgeries, so that his physical suffering prompted him in early 2019 to think about retiring.
Murray, ranked 68 in the world, called up the doctor after losing the first game of his serve in the opener of the third set. Despite his deference to Berrettini, he was not able to resolve matters.
The Italian said: We did not want to end the match like this, it seems that he is in pain. He’s come back a few times and taught us how to fight. I think I personally learned a lot from him.
Murray, who has won three majors, was denied the 47th title of his career.
The former world number one said: ‘It was a great week here on my first start,’ adding of the Italian: ‘He came back from surgery and it’s never easy, he played really well today and deserved to win.’
This was the third confrontation between the two players, and Murray had excelled in the first in the 2019 Beijing Games, before Berrettini won last year in the 16th round of the British Queen’s Tournament, on his way to his last title before today.

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