Mon, 04 Jul 2022

LONDON, June 18 (Xinhua) -- Italian Matteo Berrettini is one victory away from defending his title at the Queen's Club as the world No. 10 beat Dutch Dotic van de Zandschulp in straight sets in the semifinals on Saturday.

The No. 2 seed came to London right after claiming the victory at the Stuttgart Open last Sunday and extended his winning streak to eight matches on the grass courts this season.

He broke in the sixth game to take the first set 6-4 and kept his momentum to win the second set 6-3.

"It was a really tough match. We stopped for the rain. I had a lot of chances. It was windy again and really tough to play but I definitely think it was the best match of the week, so I am really happy and looking forward to the final," said Berrettini who is going to face his last opponent Filip Krajinovic in the tournament on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Serbian outplayed the seventh seed Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-3 and 6-3 to reach his first ATP Tour final of the season.

"I can't believe I am in the final," said Krajinovic. "Before this tournament I had never won a match on grass."

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