Matteo Berrettini is through to his second straight grass-court final in as many weeks. Standing in the Italian’s way of the ATP Queen’s Club title is surprise finalist Filip Krajonovic.
Join us as we preview this fascinating final matchup, complete with the latest tennis odds and tennis predictions for your consideration.
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Cinch Championship Final: Berrettini vs Krajinovic
Berrettini Clinches Eighth Win in a Row
Berrettini made his belated return to tournament play a couple of weeks ago after missing the entire clay-court swing due to injury. One would have thought – with the amount of time the Italian missed – he would need to work his way into form and match toughness. That it would take some time before he was match fit.
Well, apparently not! Like a duck to water…. Berrettini romped to his first title of the season and third career grass-court title last week in Stuttgart, beating former Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray in the final.
This week, he’s navigated a successful course through the ATP Queen’s Club draw to reach his second straight grass-court final in a row, extending his winning streak to eight matches at the same time.
The Italian defeated Botic Van De Zandeschulp in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 to book his place in the Cinch Championship final. The match was tricky for both players as it was disrupted by rain delays, but Berrettini handled those distractions better..
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) June 18, 2022
Krajinovic Serves Up Upset
Filip Krajinovic delivered the stunning upset over Marin Cilic in Saturday’s second semifinal, upsetting the veteran Croatian 6-3, 6-3.
Krajinovic was a heavy underdog according to the betting online markets, but he played with surprising confidence and poise that belied his odds.
To put it into further perspective, the Serbian hadn’t won a tour-level match on grass before this week in London where he was making his debut at the Cinch Championships.
Cilic came out serving bombs! He had 15 aces to Krajinovic’s paltry 3. But it was the serve that dictated play with his flat groundstrokes, saved all six breakpoints, and raised his level in key moments.
Wow. Filip Krajinovic, maybe the best active player never won an ATP title, upsets Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-3 to reach the final in London against the defending champ Matteo Berrettini. pic.twitter.com/uRdB1KhqOo
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) June 18, 2022
Berrettini vs Krajinovic Head-to-Head
Berretini has the 2-0 head-to-head advantage over Krajinovic, although both encounters were on clay. Berrettini beat Krajinovic in the Budapest final in 2019, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. He then defeated the Serbian in straight sets in Belgrade last year.
This is the first meeting between the pair this season and the first on grass.
Berrettini vs Krajinovic Tennis Betting Verdict
Undoubtedly, Krajinovic punched above his weight class to reach the Cinch Championship final this week. However, he faces his toughest challenge yet in the final. That is evinced nowhere more so than by the odds at the sportsbook exchange.
Krajinovic has never beaten Berrettini. What’s more, the Italian has the surface advantage and comes into this final riding an eight-game winning streak. Colour the world shocked if Berrettini doesn’t triumph at Queen’s Club on Sunday.
Pick: Matteo Berrettini -500