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Matteo Berrettini outlasts Andy Murray to win Stuttgart Open title

Matteo Berrettini received the Stuttgart Open for a second time after he beat Andy Murray 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 on Sunday to disclaim the Scot what would have been his first title on grass in six years.

Second seed Berrettini, who missed the clay-court swing after present process surgical procedure on his hand in March, was taking part in in his first event since Indian Wells and triumphed after Murray had damage problems with his personal within the decider.

Murray, who has had hip surgical procedures that just about ended his profession, was not shifting nicely because the match wore on and although he saved a championship level, he was solely delaying the inevitable as Berrettini sealed victory in two hours and 40 minutes.

“It feels unbelievable, [winning the title] was the very last thing that I imagined after I got here right here,” Berrettini stated.

“Getting back from an damage like that, from the primary surgical procedure in my life after which successful the event not even taking part in my greatest tennis within the first spherical, so it feels much more particular.”

Berrettini broke early within the opener to take a 2-1 lead and he constructed on that on the again of service recreation — particularly on his second serve — earlier than sealing the set with a cross-court forehand winner.

Murray, who prevailed over Nick Kyrgios in an absorbing contest within the semi-final a day earlier, was not at his greatest and he groaned in frustration when the opening set slipped away from him within the closing recreation.

The 35-year-old Scot improved within the second set, nonetheless, and after first denying Berrettini a break level to take a 5-4 lead, he took the set and compelled a decider when the Italian hit a return lengthy, letting out a roar in delight.

However simply as he had appeared to seek out his groove, Murray was damaged early within the third set and he wanted to name on the physiotherapist twice to obtain therapy on his hip court-side which restricted his motion.

“Congrats to Andy for the good event. This isn’t the best way we wished to complete the match, in fact he is damage. You may see it and I am sorry for him,” Berrettini added.

“He confirmed us so many occasions find out how to come again. I feel I even realized somewhat bit from him, what he achieved in his profession. For me it is an honour to play towards him in this type of court docket.”

Murray congratulated Berrettini after the ultimate and wished him nicely for Wimbledon.

“He is simply come again from a surgical procedure and it is by no means straightforward. He performed extraordinarily nicely right now and deserved the win,” stated Murray, who final received a title on grass at Wimbledon in 2016.

“Sorry I could not recover from the road right now, however there’s been numerous progress the previous few weeks… Hopefully my physique can maintain up a short time longer so I can hold taking part in matches like this.”

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