Matteo Berrettini, despite some negative factors, came back to the ATP Tour after two and a half months from the Master 1000 in Miami, and after the surgery, which he did not play anyway, and immediately struck the shot.
The Italian was able to raise his arms to the sky on Sunday 12 June to celebrate the triumph in the 250 tournament in Stuttgart. A great success, absolutely deserved, which is worth more than double for the difficult moments passed and finally put behind us.
The 26-year-old from Rome beat the expert Andy Murray, former world number one, in the final act, obtaining the third title on grass of his career, the second in the German city since he managed to win also last 2019.
Matteo Berrettini: what statistics on grass-court!
The Italian has truly become a guarantee on this surface from that year onwards and the statistics confirm this quite clearly: since then 'The Hammer' has collected a record of 27 wins and only 3 defeats, respectively against Roger Federer , David Goffin and Novak Djokovic in that unforgettable final at Wimbledon.
This is the sixth affirmation for Berrettini, who hooked Paolo Bertolucci to third place in the special all-Italian ranking, leaving Corrado Barazzutti and Jannik Sinner at 5. The first two steps of the podium are occupied by Adriano Panatta (10) and Fabio Fognini (9).
Almost unstoppable serve and powerful forehand difficult to counter, without forgetting his backhand slice that put almost all opponents in difficulty. The 250 points won in Germany are pure gold for the Italian, who will lose most of his loot in the coming weeks without being able to defend it (the reference is to the third Grand Slam of the year, with the 1200 expiring).
At Queen's there will be the title to defend and the 26-year-old will have to try to repeat the victory of 2021 to limit the damage. Meanwhile, for next week, the top 10 has been defended, although it is likely to come out of the top 20 after Wimbledon, also losing the number one in Italy to Jannik Sinner.