Reigning champion Berrettini beats Van de Zandschulp to soar into cinch Championships final

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Reigning champion Matteo Berrettini soars into cinch Championships final at Queen’s Club after dominating Botic van de Zandschulp in straight sets just six days on from winning the Stuttgart Open title against Andy Murray

  • Matteo Berrettini beat Botic van de Zandschulp to reach the Queen’s Club final
  • The Italian won in straight sets (6-4, 6-3) to reach his second final in two weeks
  • Winning the cinch Championships would give Berrettini a fourth grass-court title
  • The 26-year-old beat Andy Murray in the Stuttgart Open final last weekend
  • His victorious semi-final against Van de Zandschulp was badly affected by rain 

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Defending champion Matteo Berrettini roared into the final of the cinch Championships at Queen’s Club.

The Italian, who was runner-up at Wimbledon following his title win last year, beat Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4 6-3.

The ATP world number ten dominated the rain-disrupted encounter and overwhelmed Van de Zandschulp with his powerful back-court forehand.

Matteo Berrettini beat Botic van de Zandschulp in style to reach the cinch Championships final

The defending champion will bid for his fourth grass-court title after winning in straight sets

The defending champion will bid for his fourth grass-court title after winning in straight sets

Berrettini, who knocked out Dan Evans in the round of 32, was also bullish with his service game, producing eight aces and holding a first serve win percentage of 88 per cent overall.

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The 26-year-old struggled somewhat to convert his break points into games however, only managing to capitalise on three out of 15 throughout the match.

‘It was a really tough match, we stopped for the rain. I had a lot of chances,’ Berrettini said in an on-court interview after the match.

The match between Van de Zandschulp (pictured) and Berrettini was heavily affected by rain

The match between Van de Zandschulp (pictured) and Berrettini was heavily affected by rain

‘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.’

The comprehensive straight-set victory booked Berrettini a spot in the final against either Serbian Filip Krajinovic or Croatian Marin Cilic, who also faced off on Kensington’s centre court on Saturday.

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Berrettini will bid for his fourth grass-court title on June 19.

Sunday’s match is the Italian’s second final in two weeks, following his Stuttgart Open triumph against Andy Murray last weekend. 

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