Friday, October 07, 2022

Berrettini defeats Murray in Stuttgart final

STUTTGART, Germany ( Associated Press) — Matteo Berrettini showed signs of regaining the form that got him to last year’s Wimbledon final, defeating Andy Murray 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 on Sunday to claim the Wimbledon title. Stuttgart Open, his first tournament in three months.

The Italian had been out since the Indian Wells Open in March due to a hand injury that prevented him from playing on the clay tournament tour. Against Murray, he ran into an opponent who played physically depleted during the deciding set.

“It was the last thing I imagined coming here,” Berrettini said of winning a title on his return to the tour.

Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, suffered a mishap when he hit one of the players’ chairs at the side of the court and the Briton had to seek the help of a physiotherapist to treat his left leg and hip. Trailing 4-2, Murray called for another break when he seemed to indicate that he had abdominal discomfort.

“This was not the way we wanted to end the match,” said Berrettini, who praised Murray’s tenacity in recovering from injuries. “He has shown us many times how to return.”

Berrettini improved to 6-3 in finals after winning his second title in Stuttgart. For his part, Murray beat his mark to 46-24 after his 70th final and attempting to win his first title since 2019. It was the first time Murray had played a grass-court final since winning Wimbledon in 2016.

German tournament organizers said Sunday that an investigation has been opened after Australian Nick Kyrgios claimed he was the victim of racist abuse after losing to Murray in the semi-finals on Saturday.

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