After his first final in the Masters 1000, Matteo Berrettini will also play first in the ATP 500. The Romanian is the second Blue to reach the title challenge in Queens since 1890, the date of the first edition of the London Classic on turf. Wimbledon is expected.
The Italian top seed, seeded number one in the tournament, showed increasing efficiency in the backhand, in balancing the winners and free players, from the first round to the semi-finals. Law and service, then, worked wonders. Against Australian Alex de Minaur, who didn’t start well and grew up during the match, Berrettini lost just four points out of 36 when he made pole position.
He reached the final without dropping a set, second blue after Lawrence Tillman to go far in Queens. “Reaching the final was the initial goal, and now I miss the last step – Berrettini said after the match – it’s a great achievement, especially given the history of the tournament. Today I realized that I have to play my best tennis. To beat Alex. I realize I have weapons Great on transmission and in the first shot after.”
In light of the final, he is expected to rest well but not too much. “If I sleep excessively, it’s something but in the final, I don’t feel the adrenaline and the play becomes more difficult. I have to be a bit nervous and nervous,” he said.
In the tournament, he has already defeated two domestic players, the former world number one Andy Murray and the current number one Briton, Daniel Evans. The third will find him in front of him in the final and will not be a trivial challenge.
He will play against Southpaw Cameron Norrie, who knocked out Denis Shapovalov a bit. Both are in the third final of the season, and the first in their ATP 500 career, they have never met yet.
Against Shapovalov, Nuri completed her 29th win in the 2021 ATP Championships, her 15th against an opponent better than himself, and 41st in the world this week – his best ranking.
The first British non-Murray in the Queen’s Final since 2002, Norrie is a world citizen. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to a Scottish father and a Welsh mother, good college squash players.
The parents, worried about the constant burglaries, decided to move to New Zealand, a country in which Nouri also played a small role before gaining British citizenship at the age of 16 when the family emigrated to London. However, a legacy from that period remained, the passion for the national Tougabi team, the famous All Blacks.
His journey continued in the United States. In fact, Nouri studied Sociology at Texas Christian University, where she met Argentine Facundo Lugones, her coach since 2017.
Growing up with legend Andre Agassi, who became a fan of Rafa Nadal, Nouri played her first final in Auckland in 2019. She reached the third round of the Grand Slam three times. The 2020 US Open was memorable from this point of view when he managed to recover two sets and save two match points before beating Diego Schwartzman.
2021 is her best season. He has already played in the finals in Estoril and Lyon, where he eliminated Austrian Dominic Thiem, ranked 4th in the world and the best opponent Nouri had defeated in his career. He set his record for ATP wins in a single season, and thanks to the final in Queens, he will enter the world’s top 30 for the first time. He’s just missing his first ATP title. Berrettini’s job is to extend the waiting period a little longer.