Matteo Berrettini titled in Stuttgart after his victory against a diminished Andy Murray, two weeks from Wimbledon

Murray will have been valiant, Murray will have resisted, Murray will have even shouted several times, but Murray ended up giving in. Faced with a Matteo Berrettini at his ease on the grass, the Scot cracked in 2h36 and three rounds, let go by his physique, after a tough fight and in a tense atmosphere (6-4, 5-7, 6- 3). The Italian, 10th player in the world and seeded n°2, won the Stuttgart tournament for the second time in his career thanks to this success in the final. Above all, he opened his title counter in this 2022 season.

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Kyrgios derails, Murray slips into the final


19 aces and a still efficient service

As usual, Berrettini will be able to thank his service. Apart from the 19 aces released throughout the match, the Italian also relied on his power during hot and tense moments, such as the only break point conceded in the third set, dismissed by a very solid second ball . After a generally mastered first set and during which he did not leave the slightest break point to the Scotsman (6-4), the finalist of the last Wimbledon thought he saw the scenario repeating itself in the second set, when he was leading 15-40 on the service of his opponent at 4 games everywhere.

But Andy Murray, supported by a German public won over to his cause, drew on his physical and mental resources to save these quasi-match points and make center court roar. Playing on the nerves of the Italian by talking a lot to his clan as usual, the Briton foiled his opponent to pocket the second set (7-5).

Murray dropped by his physique

But then Murray’s body snapped him back to reality. Broken at the start of the third set, the former world No. 1 called on the physiotherapist for the first time, the fault of a painful hip which kept him away from the courts for so long. Courageously, he resisted but at 4-3, when the match reached an interesting level of tension, a second call to the physiotherapist was fatal to him. Murray could no longer serve properly, and Berrettini was quick to finish the set (6-3) and win his first title of the season.

Andy Murray, beaten in Stuttgart but author of a great week in Germany

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Andy Murray will therefore have tried everything in vain, but his German week remains a success. Relegated to 68th in the world, the double winner of Wimbledon (2013 and 2016) successively released Bublik, Tsitsipas and Kyrgios in Stuttgart. A good omen for the future – if his physique holds – and for the London Grand Slam, his announced objective. Berrettini for his part confirms that he is a reference on grass, and that he will have to be picked up to prevent him from repeating his performance from last year, where he simply failed against Novak Djokovic in the final.

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