Matteo Beretini came back victorious in tennis on Sunday when he defeated the injured Andy Murray 6-4, 5-6, 6-3 to win the Stuttgart Grass-Court title.
Beretini, who last played in March and then underwent hand surgery, won his ninth Stuttgart match without a loss as he backed up his 2019 debut trophy on the Weisenhof club grass.
Murray, who took the match to a decisive third set during the 70th final of his career, was apparently annoyed by the pain in his groin and was seen by the coach after dropping the serve for love to start the final set.
“It’s incredible,” said Beretini, ranked 10th after claiming his first title since winning the Queens club last June.
“It simply came to our notice then when I returned to court.
“I thought for a second that I would not be able to play in this event, now that I have the trophy here it does not seem real.
“My goal was to get better after the first surgery of my life. I didn’t play my best tennis at the beginning of the week, but I got better at each match.
Beretini gave full credit to the 68th-ranked Murray for his maximum effort.
The 26-year-old Italian said, “Andy has shown many times how he can come back.”
“That’s not how we ended the match.” I’m sorry for that, he’s still a great champion. “
Murray left Germany with new confidence as he moved to Queens the following week.
“It was an incredible week for me here for the first time,” said the 35-year-old.
“I congratulate Matteo. Coming back from surgery is not easy. He played very well today and deserved to win. “
The former world number one added: “I didn’t get off the line today but I have improved a lot in the last few weeks.
“I feel very good about my game. I hope my body can hold on a little longer so I can play matches like this. ”
Marek looked set to take on the responsibility of breaking the Italian and equalizing in the final in one set.
But the pace didn’t last. Murray lost to Love at the start of the third set.
As his chronic groin problem seemed to bother him, Murray immediately called the trainer.
He was treated on the court but never managed to close the gap for Beretini despite saving a match point in the final.
After a hard point in the seventh game, Murray lay down in front of his chair for a few moments to catch his breath as the coach briefly looked back at his right buttocks and groin area.
The three-time Grand Slam champion served 3-4 but could not stop the final push of the Italians to win behind the 19th.
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