Felix Auger-Aliassime lost to Matteo Berrettini in straight sets in the Mercedes Cup final. The Canadian player said: "It’s been an amazing week whatever the outcome [was] today. I think I surprised myself every match this week being able to reach another final and my first one on grass, so it’s been amazing.
Obviously, Matteo was too good today. I gave it my all, but he played good in the important moments and he deserves it." Berrettini said: “On grass, the first tournament of the year [on this surface] beating these unbelievable guys… there were a lot of tough moments.
I never lost my serve, but all the matches were so close and I’m really happy for what I did on the court because it was mentally really difficult to stay there and I’m really proud of myself. You’re feeling good during the week, but you never know.
I played great guys. This match was unbelievable. We had chances, a lot of set points for him, match points for me, so it was a really tough one. I’m really happy the way I fought during the week. "There were a lot of Italians [cheering for me] since day one, from the first practice, and they were asking for pictures," Berrettini said.
"I’m really happy because we are travelling a lot during the year and it’s always nice to meet some Italians and speak Italian also." The Canadian is on a good run at Queen's this week and has reached the semi-finals.
He defeated former Queen's titlist Grigor Dimitrov in the first round, Nick Kyrgios in the second round, and top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals on Friday.