Matteo Berrettini shows enormous respect for Andy Murray following Queen's clash



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Matteo Berrettini shows enormous respect for Andy Murray following Queen's clash

Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini beat Andy Murray in straight sets but afterward insisted that it wasn't easy at all against the former world No. 1. Berrettini, seeded at No. 1 in the Queen's main draw, handed a 6-3 6-3 loss to record five-time Queen's champion Murray.

Berrettini will be fighting next against Dan Evans, who beat Adrian Mannarino to progress into the quarterfinal. 'It was really hard. We all know who Andy is, he's a great champion, a great player. He's always there even in the last games so I'm really happy for my performance, Berrettini said, per George Bellshaw.'

Berrettini dominated Murray

Berrettini saved two break points in the second game, before breaking Murray in fifth and ninth game to win the opener. Berrettini started the second set with a break and then held on to his serve the rest of the match to clinch a straight-set win.

It was a disappointing loss for Murray, who clinched his first win since early-March when he beat Benoit Paire in the Queen's first round. "I love it. I love playing tennis,” Murray said after beating Paire.

“Obviously competing is why you put in all the hard work. In the last few years I didn’t get to do that as much as I would have liked, so it’s great that I’m out here and able to compete again”.

Murray, who underwent two major hip surgeries in recent years. also admitted he wasn't sure how would his body react after his win over Paire. "The body is old, but I did quite well today in terms of my movement and stuff,” Murray said.

“It’s my first match on grass in three years and I’ve only played two or three practice sets in the buildup to this. I didn’t know exactly how I was going to play or how I was going to feel, but I think for a first match it was good."