Berrettini beats injured Murray for Stuttgart Open title | Tennis News



STUTTGART (Germany): Matteo Berrettini capped a successful comeback from injury with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 defeat of Andy Murray to win the ATP Stuttgart title on Sunday.
The 2021 Wimbledon runner-up, who last competed in March before hand surgery, denied Murray a first grass-court title since the Scot won his second Wimbledon crown in 2016.
Berrettini remains undefeated (9-0) at the Stuttgart tournament after his victory in 2019.
Former world number one Murray appeared to be taking matters into his own hands as he beat the 10th-placed Italian to level the final at one set apiece.
But the momentum didn’t last, with 68th-ranked Murray losing serve to start the third set.
With his long-standing groin problem seeming to bother him, Murray immediately called the coach.
He was treated on the pitch but was never able to close the gap to 26-year-old Berrettini despite a match point being saved in the final game.
After an intense point in game seven, Murray leaned back in his chair for a few moments to catch his breath as the coach briefly looked at his right hip and groin again.
The three-time Grand Slam champion held serve 3-4 but couldn’t stop the Italian’s final push to victory on the back of 19 aces.
Murray was playing in the 70th final of his career. His last final was in Sydney in January, where he lost to Aslan Karatsev.
Berrettini won his first trophy since Queen’s a year ago ahead of his run to the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic.


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