Medvedev won again, irresistible Berrettini, Jabeur in the Top 3 … What to remember about the turf tournaments of the week

Wimbledon is approaching, contenders claim. As for the men, Matteo Berrettini proved once again that he was one of the turf masters of the circuit by beating Queen’s on Sunday 19 June, for the second year in a row. World number one Daniil Medvedev did not have the same success against Hubert Hurkacz in Halle. Tunisian Ons Jabeur, meanwhile, took advantage of the abandonment of Belinda Bencic in Berlin to climb a little higher in the WTA hierarchy. Summary of this Sunday’s finals.

ATP Queen’s: Matteo Berrettini does it again and puts himself in the spotlight at Wimbledon

To say it wasn’t good about ten days ago. Unconfident before arriving at the Stuttgart tournament last week, Matteo Berrettini reclaimed his ideas. And he filled his closet with trophies a little more. Winner in Germany last Sunday by dominating Andy Murray in the final, the Italian triumphed this time at the 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 turf last year and confirms his appetite for the surface a little more.

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

ATP Halle: Daniil Medvedev Stumbles Again in Final, Slapped by Hubert Hurkacz

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

Hurkacz had never won a world number one in his career, but confirms his profile as Medvedev’s favorite, with a third victory in five matches. This is another outsider to see at Wimbledon. Don’t worry about Medvedev, but a bad series that continues. Since his title at the last US Open last September, Gilles Cervara’s protégé – who preferred to leave the track even before the end of Sunday’s match – has lost his last five finals. Quite the opposite of Hurkacz, still undefeated in five finals on the circuit.

WTA Berlin: Belinda Bencic surrenders, Ons Jabeur triumphs and rises to the Top 3 in the world

Poor support, escaping ankle and a scream of pain. Images of a bruised Alexander Zverev in the center of Roland Garros returned to Berlin on Sunday. Switzerland’s 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 in the face of the pain she threw in the towel and, despite Jabeur’s support, came to help her on several occasions.

For the Tunisian, this coronation (the 3rd of her career) allows her to forget her elimination in the first round of Roland-Garros and offers her a place in the Top 3 in the world 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 participating in the Eastbourne tournament, but in doubles and with a certain Serena Williams, back in the competition.

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