Tennis: Medvedev beaten again, Berrettini irresistible, Jabeur in the Top 3… What to remember from the grass tournaments of the week

Wimbledon is approaching, the contenders are asserting themselves. On the men’s side, Matteo Berrettini proved once again that he was one of the circuit’s grass masters by winning at Queen’s on Sunday June 19, for the second year in a row. World number one Daniil Medvedev did not have the same success against Hubert Hurkacz in Halle. The Tunisian Ons Jabeur, for her part, took advantage of the abandonment of Belinda Bencic in Berlin to climb a little more in the WTA hierarchy. Overview of this Sunday’s finals.

ATP Queen’s: Matteo Berrettini does it again and places himself in sight of Wimbledon

To say that he was not good about ten days ago. Not confident before arriving at the Stuttgart tournament last week, Matteo Berrettini recovered his ideas. And filled his trophy cabinet a little more. Winner in Germany last Sunday by dominating Andy Murray in the final, the Italian triumphed this time at Queen’s, thanks to his victory over Filip Krajinovic in the final (7-5, 6-4). The 10th player in the world had already won on the London lawn last year and confirms a little more his appetite for the surface.

Berrettini becomes the first player to sign a double at Queen’s for his first two participations, and the eighth player in history to make the “back-to-back” in the English tournament. A very nice club, since all its predecessors were once world number one. A week from Wimbledon, all the signals are green for the Roman. In 2021, he only fell in the British Major on Novak Djokovic. His only loss on grass since the start of the 2021 season…

ATP Halle: Daniil Medvedev stumbles again in the final, slapped by Hubert Hurkacz

As for Berrettini, the weeks follow each other and look alike for Daniil Medvedev. In the final in Halle, a week after being surprised by Dutchman Tim van Rijthoven in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Russian was beaten again. His executioner has more references this time since the Russian was defeated by Hubert Hurkacz, and in what way! The Pole, 12th at the ATP, outclassed the favorite of the day (6-1, 6-4), to afford the first title of his career on a surface other than hard.

Hurkacz had never beaten a world number in his career, but he confirms his profile as Medvedev’s pet peeve, with a third victory in five confrontations. This is one more outsider to watch at Wimbledon. No worries for Medvedev, but a bad series that continues. Since his title at the last US Open last September, the protege of Gilles Cervara – who preferred to leave the edge of the court even before the end of the match on Sunday – has lost his last five finals. Quite the opposite of Hurkacz, still undefeated in five finals on the circuit.

WTA Berlin: Belinda Bencic gives up, Ons Jabeur triumphs and climbs into the World Top 3

A bad support, the ankle which slips away and a cry of pain. The images of a bruised Alexander Zverev on the central of Roland-Garros came back to mind on Sunday in Berlin. The Swiss Belinda Bencic was forced to retire, injured at the end of the first set, against Ons Jabeur (6-3, 2-1). The Olympic champion from Tokyo tried to hold on after being treated but threw in the towel in the face of pain, and despite the support of Jabeur, came to help her on several occasions.

For the Tunisian, this coronation (the 3rd of her career) makes it possible to forget her elimination in the first round of Roland-Garros and offers her a place in the world Top 3 on Monday, for the first time in her career. The best ranking in history for an African player. Jabeur will continue his preparation for Wimbledon by taking part in the Eastbourne tournament, but in doubles and with a certain Serena Williams, back in competition.

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