Andy Murray faces Matteo Berrettini in the final of the Stuttgart Open this afternoon as the Scot targets a first grass-court title for six years and continues his preparation for Wimbledon.
Murray notched an impressive quarter-final victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas earlier this week before downing Nick Kyrgios in the semi-finals on Saturday and now takes on Berrettini in search of his 47th career title and first on grass since Wimbledon 2016.
Tsitsipas was the No 1 seed and Murray’s win was his first over a top-five player in the world for six years. Murray’s serving has been particularly reliable this week and that will stand him in good stead for the rest of the grass-court season.
Murray looks to have benefitted from his decision to skip the French Open, despite enjoying some good matches on clay in the lead-up, and appears fresh on grass. He plans to play at Queen’s before embarking on another mission to shock Wimbledon glory, aged 35, later this month but first up is a trophy battle with Berrettini in Stuttgart.
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Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, *2-4 Matteo Berrettini – Stuttgart Open final
Murray with a flick of the wrists, backhand down the line, 15-0.
Murray now receiving medical work on his left hip again. This looks painful.
Jack RathbornJune 12, 2022 4:32 p.m.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 2-4* Matteo Berrettini – Stuttgart Open final
Murray swipes the racket in anger.
Berrettini lands another crushing first serve. 17-7 for those keeping count of the aces.
Both men feeling the heat and strain of two and a half hours now.
Berrettini cries out loud after a booming forehand powers past Murray. 4-2, he’s close now.
Jack RathbornJune 12, 2022 4:30 p.m.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, *2-3 Matteo Berrettini – Stuttgart Open final
Berrettini bashes the ball past a static Murray at the net. An easy pass. 15-15.
Patient ground strokes from Murray, tempting Berrettini into a powerful backhand winner, but it crashes into the net.
It’s 2-3, over to you Matteo.
Jack RathbornJune 12, 2022 4:25 p.m.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 1-3* Matteo Berrettini – Stuttgart Open final
Murray mouting to himself. Berrettini back on top with serve.
A bullet of a first serve brings up game, he’s 15-7 up in that category. Clearly a heat check sometime after the first set was needed, he’s found his range now.
Jack RathbornJune 12, 2022 4:23 p.m.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, *1-2 Matteo Berrettini – Stuttgart Open final
Murray flicks the switch!
Unreturned serve, a powerful ground stroke and he’s quickly up to 40-0.
Then a backhand volley at the net. Game. To love. 1-2. Impressive response.
Jack RathbornJune 12, 2022, 4:18 p.m.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 0-2* Matteo Berrettini – Stuttgart Open final
Ace to open the game, Berrettini delivering after a lengthy break.
Make that two. 30-0 and 12-7 to the Italian in terms of match aces.
Now quickly up to 40-0. Make that three aces, two games to love and a 2-0 lead in the decider. That is dominating from the Italian.
Jack RathbornJune 12, 2022, 4:15 p.m.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 0-1* Matteo Berrettini – Stuttgart Open final
We’ve got a medical time out here, Murray getting treatment.
Some hip mobility from the physio, who is working on Murray’s left leg, rotating it and massaging his quad too.
Ok we’re ready to go again, Berrettini with the balls.
Jack RathbornJune 12, 2022 4:12 p.m.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, *0-1 Matteo Berrettini – Stuttgart Open final
That was big for Murray to clinch the set after breaking Berrettini. He serves to start this third set up.
Berrettini with soft hands at the net, gorgeous backhand cross court and Murray has to show fancy footwork to avoid crashing into the chairs.
A long rally and Murray breaks first with a heavy forehand going long. 0-30, huge for Berrettini after that crushing blow to concede the second set.
And now a time violation warning for Murray, tension!
He mumbling some frustrating words after conceding three break points. Game Berrettini, it’s a horrible start for Murray to the decider, he concedes the break to love.
Jack RathbornJune 12, 2022, 4:06 p.m.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5* Matteo Berrettini – Stuttgart Open final
Murray shouting in pain, but he covers the ground.
Gets to the drop shot and assists Berrettini with a backhand down the line. 0-15.
Hold on a minute, Berrettini into the net, an opening, two points from the set? Can he capitalize on this huge opportunity?
Three set points coming up for Murray…
You don’t need me to tell you who roared there, Murray cuts a gorgeous backhand which spins away from the court and Berrettini can’t control that, it sails long, SET MURRAY!
The Briton spins around and shouts in celebration as the crowd goes wild. 1-1.
Jack RathbornJune 12, 2022, 3:57 p.m.
Andy Murray 4-6, *6-5 Matteo Berrettini – Stuttgart Open final
A passing backhand from Murray with Berrettini on the run at the base line. A precious first point to open this game and claim a piece of the momentum back.
Murray reaches low for that forehand and leaves one short for Berrettini to explode onto, a bomb of a forehand fired past him to bring up 15-15.
Lovely rally, Murray using the power of Berrettini’s strokes well and dictating the tempo of the rally to move the Italian all over the court. 30-15.
Murray forced to come in and that’s an exceptionally difficult backhand volley at the net. Berrettini tries to pass Murray and does, but it’s wide. Game point for the Briton.
Finesse from Murray at the net to adjust his feet and upperbody, then a delicate backhand down the line to bank the game and secure at worst a tie-break, 6-5 to the three-time slam winner.
Jack Rathborn12 June 2022 15:51