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Matteo Berrettini showed signs of recapturing the form which took him to the Wimbledon final last year as he beat Andy Murray 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 to win the Stuttgart Open on Sunday in his first tournament for three months.
The Italian hadn’t played since Indian Wells in March because of a hand injury which forced him to miss the entire clay-court swing and, in Murray, faced an opponent whose own injury issues hampered him in the deciding set.
“It was the last thing that I imagined when I came here,” Berrettini said of winning the title on his return to the tour.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray collided with one of the players’ seats at courtside in the first point of the decider and called for the physio soon after for treatment on his left leg and hip. He took another timeout when he appeared to indicate a problem with his abdominal muscles at 4-2 down.
“This is not the way that we wanted to finish the match,” Berrettini said, and he praised Murray‘s history of bouncing back from injuries. “He showed us so many times how to come back.”
Berrettini moves to 6-3 in career finals with his second career Stuttgart title, while Murray is 46-24 in his 70th career final as he chased a first title since 2019. It was the first time Murray played a singles final on grass since winning Wimbledon in 2016.
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Murray reacts to Stuttgart Open defeat
Andy Murray reacts to Stuttgart Open defeat
Sunday 12 June 2022 17:15 , Jack Rathborn
Speaking in an on-court interview broadcast by Tennis Channel, Murray said: “It’s been a incredible week here. I really enjoyed it. I’d like to congratulate Matteo and his team on a fantastic week.
“He’s just come back from a surgery and it’s never easy. He played extremely well today and deserved the win. Finally thank you to my team here and my team back home.
“Sorry I couldn’t get over the line today but there’s been a lot of progress the last few weeks. I’m looking forward to what the future has to hold, I’m feeling a lot better about my game. Hopefully my body can hold up a little while longer so I can keep playing matches like this.”
Matteo Berrettini reacts to victory over Andy Murray in Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 16:56 , Jack Rathborn
Berrettini said: “It was really hard to digest, I felt it, Andy was able to serve well and took the chances I didn’t take, so we went to the third set. I said to myself, ‘I have to fight’.
“Congrats to Andy. It’s not the way we wanted to finish, he’s hurt, I’m sorry for him. I learned a lot from him, he’s a great champion.”
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, *3-6 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 16:51 , Jack Rathborn
That’s it, after missing one chance, Berrettini grabs the second opportunity to clinch the Stuttgart Open championship after two hours and 40 minutes.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, *3-5 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 16:43 , Jack Rathborn
Murray, serving to stay in the match...
A delightful lobbed volley beats Berrettini, 30-0.
A throwaway game for the Italian? Maybe, he’s gone long and Murray has three game points.
Not so fast, that’s a rocket of a winner, 40-15.
The beginning of the end? A double fault and then a gorgeous point from Berrettini’s perspective, Murray moved all over the court, then the pass as Murray sprinted to the net to counter a drop shot with another. Deuce.
A half-volley lob from Murray is long, championship point...
Murray battles back and stays in the match, both men moving fluidly given the circumstances.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 3-5* Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 16:38 , Jack Rathborn
We’re now at two hours and 27 minutes. This is a huge effort from Murray.
Murray is fuming at that call, hawkeye goes to work, it’s in. 30-0.
Berrettini hooks a forehand cross court and it sails wide. 30-15. Murray needs to act now really, or it’ll be one game away from the title for his rival.
Murray dragged towards the net and Berrettini gleefully pumps a forehand down the line for two game points.
ACE! Game, Berrettini, his 19th of the match. It’s been the difference in the last hour or so.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, *3-4 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 16:32 , Jack Rathborn
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.
Murray now flat on his back and getting a massage. Berrettini patiently looks on. Murray is back, the crowd goes wild, “let’s go, Andy, let’s go,” reverberates around the arena.
A cheap point for Murray as we resume, glorious relief no doubt, two game points, and he takes the first. 3-4.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 2-4* Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 16:30 , Jack Rathborn
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.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, *2-3 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 16:25 , Jack Rathborn
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.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 1-3* Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 16:23 , Jack Rathborn
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.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, *1-2 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 16:18 , Jack Rathborn
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.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 0-2* Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 16:15 , Jack Rathborn
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 dominant from the Italian.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 0-1* Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 16:12 , Jack Rathborn
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.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, *0-1 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 16:06 , Jack Rathborn
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.
Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5* Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 15:57 , Jack Rathborn
Murray shouting in pain, but he covers the ground.
Gets to the drop shot and passes 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 capitalise 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 go wild. 1-1.
Andy Murray 4-6, *6-5 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 15:51 , Jack Rathborn
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.
Andy Murray 4-6, 5-5* Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 15:49 , Jack Rathborn
After all that hard work, Berrettini with some cheap points to race to 40-0.
Murray with a word for the umpire now. The pressure is building on both these men.
Murray whacks that so long it could nestle in the stands. Berrettini holds to love. 5-5.
Andy Murray 4-6, *5-4 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 15:48 , Jack Rathborn
Andy Murray 4-6, *5-4 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 15:38 , Jack Rathborn
Murray engaging in a slow, lengthy rally, but Berrettini blinks first. 15-0.
Murray dictating the next point, rushes to the net, but Berrettini chops a forehand slice cross court, Murray can’t cushion that on the volley and it’s long. 15-15.
Dreadful from Murray, at the net with a gimme on the backhand, he can’t get over it, it’s long and the racket crashes into the net in frustration. 15-30, is this the decisive moment in the match?
A second serve for Murray, not what he would have wanted, and he dumps the forehand into the net after Berrettini ruthlessly steps up for his return. Two break points.
One gone! Unreturned serve there, Murray shouts in delight. Still a chance for Berrettini to set up a chance to serve for the championship.
Wow, a booming first serve, just when he needed it, Berrettini can’t control that one either. Deuce. The fight in Murray is astonishing.
But he’ll need even more fight here, he whips a forehand high and it doesn’t fall in, break point three.
First serve in the net, surely this is it for Berrettini now? It’s not! A tasty rally and Berrettini can’t get low enough on that backhand that dies beneath his knees.
Now a fine first serve out wide, you know the look, Murray pointing to his head, roaring in delight, game point.
Breathtaking, sublime, heroic, Murray wins an epic game and moves to 5-4.
Andy Murray 4-6, 4-4* Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 15:37 , Jack Rathborn
Berrettini with a cool head, he storms through this game to level up at four apiece.
The ace count is now 10-7 in his favour.
Andy Murray 4-6, *4-3 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 15:32 , Jack Rathborn
Murray shifting gears here, he'll take the cheap points and put the pressure back on the Italian.
The Scot leads 4-3 here in Stuttgart. We’re played an hour and 22 minutes as we near the conclusion of the second set. Pretty swift action from the pair, given how closely-fought it’s been.
Andy Murray 4-6, 3-3* Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 15:28 , Jack Rathborn
Ruthless Berrettini gets to the net, he dispatches a forehand cross court.
We’re back level. 3-3.
Andy Murray 4-6, *3-2 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 15:19 , Jack Rathborn
A half-chance disappears for Murray, but back on the job, he comes to the net and dispatches a loose return by Berrettini, 15-0.
Berrettini moving well there, Murray’s drop shot not enough, Berrettini digs out a backhand slice down the line and gladly dispatches the subsequent lob with a powerful smash at the net. 15-15.
Trouble brewing for Murray, Berrettini digs a backhand cross court, but Murray stoops low and nets. He kicks the net in frustration. 15-30.
A gift for Murray! He’s short on that approach and out of position, Berrettini dumps a forehand down the line long to squander a chance at clinching two break points.
Lovely serve out wide from Murray, “let’s go”, he cries as Berrettini goes wide and long. Game point.
Caught on his toes with a sensational return, Murray eventually nets and we have deuce, Berrettini sensing a chance to take a huge step towards the title if he can break here.
That will work, Murray with a couple of cheap points off the first serve, dictating the rally after a couple of average returns fall nicely for him. 3-2.
Andy Murray 4-6, 2-2* Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 15:15 , Jack Rathborn
Murray now fighting fire with fire, he’s timing the bombs sent his way from Berrettini.
Like a prize fighter countering superbly, Berrettini dumping a few balls into the net. 30-30.
Berrettini squanders a game point, his drop shot clipping the top of the net and landing on his side. Deuce.
A rocket of a first serve brings up advantage for the Italian, he points to his eyes in celebration. Game point again. Murray still leads 6-5 in aces.
In to out forehand across court his money for Berrettini, whipped in with real venom and Murray can’t get near that one. Game. 2-2.
Andy Murray 4-6, *2-1 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 15:11 , Jack Rathborn
Murray stepping in nicely, a short return is dispatched into the Berrettini backhand.
Murray clinical here, leads 2-1 after an easy hold, just what he would have wanted.
Andy Murray 4-6, *1-1 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 15:10 , Jack Rathborn
Andy Murray 4-6, 1-1* Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 15:08 , Jack Rathborn
Gorgeous drop shot by Berrettini to bring up game point.
Then the contrasting thud of his booming serve, mixing it up nicely here and levelling the set. 1-1.
Andy Murray 4-6, *1-0 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 15:06 , Jack Rathborn
Murray focused again, edges ahead in the second set.
Berrettini with a couple of loose strokes and goes long twice in succession.
Murray is pumped up, he roars in celebration, 1-0 to start the second.
Andy Murray 4-6* Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 15:00 , Jack Rathborn
Wonderful smash from Berrettini, but Murray fights hard to get back in the point.
Berrettini will not be denied though, whipping a forehand across his body with a puff of chalk spitting up as it races past Murray to net the first set.
1-0 to the Italian in Stuttgart.
Andy Murray *4-5 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 14:54 , Jack Rathborn
Wow, tremendous point, stunning from Murray to survive that, a backhand behind his back to stay in it, then sprinting to the net.
He guides a forehand down the line and past the advancing Berrettini at the net.
He races to 40-0 now, brilliant, then an ace, that is some answer. 5-4 now and Berrettini will serve for the set.
Andy Murray 3-5* Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 14:52 , Jack Rathborn
A flat powerful serve from Berrettini pushes him to within a game of the first set.
A 5-3 advantage and now Murray must dig deep again to extend this set.
Andy Murray *3-4 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 14:49 , Jack Rathborn
Murray battling well here, Berrettini with the advantage, but he’ll have to fight for this first set.
We’re back to within one game as the pair take another drink.
Three aces apiece, Murray has nudged his first serves in % up to 58 per cent, but Berrettini still ahead on 70 per cent.
Andy Murray *2-3 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 14:34 , Jack Rathborn
Murray in all sorts of bother here, he’s 0-40 and faces three break points.
ACE! That’s one gone!
And another, ACE! Levelling the match tally at 2-2.
Now then, one more break point. Berrettini finds the net as Murray rushes half-way towards the net, it’s deuce. A huge boost for the Scot.
Better, this first serve is spinning viciously out wide to Berrettini’s forehand, advantage Murray.
Wonderful variety to this game, with Murray's drop shot not quite working, he flicks out a backhand return after Berrettini gleefully tucks away the short ball. It's deuce again.
It’s a Murray hold after a couple of wicken, top-spinning forehands punish Berrettini’s forehand across court. HOLD, the players stop for drinks, 2-3*.
Andy Murray 1-3* Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 14:30 , Jack Rathborn
A second-serve bullet from Berrettini erases a break-back point for Murray.
It’s that drop shot again, doing wonders for Berrettini, it brings up game point.
And Murray fires a forehand on the move long, it’s a hold and the break advantage is confirmed.
Andy Murray *1-2 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 14:20 , Jack Rathborn
Magia! Berrettini with a sublime, disguised drop shot, that viciously spins away from the court after landing barely a foot over the net.
Berrettini timing this well, from in to out, the forehand is a real weapon, whistling past Murray to bring up two break points.
Too good! Berrettini exposing Murray’s second serve, goes cross court to take the Scot out of play, then pummels a forehand past him into the open court. BREAK!
Just 40 percent first serves in for Murray, that’ll need fixing.
Andy Murray 1-1* Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 14:15 , Jack Rathborn
Terrific smash from Berrettini, leaning back, he puts the ball away with ease, excellent power. 15-0.
Powerful strokes from the Italian, Murray can only clip it just over the net, which leads to a drop shot.
The Scot covers the ground well, but his outstretched, delicate effort falls short.
Murray timing the Italian’s power so far, excellent defence, particularly with the backhand.
A bomb from Berrettini, unreturned serve, we’re level after eight minutes, 1-1.
Andy Murray *1-0 Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 14:10 , Jack Rathborn
And we’re off... Murray serves first and sends down a bomb, Berrettini’s return falls short of the net to hand the Scot the first point of the match.
A tasty backhand and shot of the match so far from the Italian down the line with Murray chasing back across court, 30-15.
Murray unfussed though and grabs a cheap point to bring up two game points.
Efficient from Murray, he strikes first here on serve, 1-0.
Andy Murray vs Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 13:59 , Jack Rathborn
Andy Murray vs Matteo Berrettini - Stuttgart Open final
Sunday 12 June 2022 13:56 , Luke Baker
The players will be out on court shortly.
Andy Murray vs Matteo Berrettini for the Stuttgart Open title.
— BOSS OPEN (@theweissenhof) June 12, 2022
Andy Murray to play Lorenzo Sonego in first round at Queen’s
Sunday 12 June 2022 13:47 , Luke Baker
In other tennis news, Andy Murray will play Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego in the first round of the Cinch Championship at Queen’s, which starts on Monday.
British number one Cameron Norrie, the third seed, takes on Bulgaria’s former Wimbledon semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov and second-ranked Briton Dan Evans faces defending champion Matteo Berrettini.
Ryan Peniston, the British number seven, has been handed a tough opening-round draw as he plays top seed and French Open runner-up Casper Ruud.
Andy Murray vs Matteo Berrettini live stream: How to watch Stuttgart Open final online and on TV
Sunday 12 June 2022 13:40 , Luke Baker
Andy Murray beat Nick Kyrgios in the semi-finals to move one win away from a first grass-court title in six years.
He faces Matteo Berrettini today - here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Stuttgart Open final
Andy Murray vs Matteo Berrettini
Sunday 12 June 2022 13:31 , Luke Baker
Around 30 minutes until the players are out on court in Stuttgart. Can Andy Murray battle his way to a first grass-court title for six yearS?
— LTA (@the_LTA) June 11, 2022
Andy Murray and Matteo Berrettini head to head
Sunday 12 June 2022 13:22 , Luke Baker
Andy Murray and Matteo Berrettini have faced each other twice in their careers.
The first meeting came in 2019, where the Brit won in Beijing and again at last year’s cinch Championships at Queen’s, where the Italian came out on top.
Who will take the lead in the head-to-head battle today?
How to watch Andy Murray vs Berrettini?
Sunday 12 June 2022 13:15 , Luke Baker
The Stuttgart Open (also known as the Boss Open) is not broadcast live in the UK. However, Murray vs Kyrgios can be streamed online via Tennis TV. You can register an account for free but then must choose a subscription package. A premium account is £9.99 monthly or £89.99 annually.
Alternatively, the final will also be available to watch on Tennis Channel International. You can subscribe to watch from £2.49 a month.
Andy Murray beats Nick Kyrgios in Stuttgart Open semi-final
Sunday 12 June 2022 13:10 , Luke Baker
The Scot followed up his victory over top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas with a 7-6 (5) 6-2 triumph to reach his 70th career final.
The first set went with serve before Murray took it with his second set point of the tie-break. And he raced through the second, quickly opening up a 5-1 lead before sealing victory over combustible Australian Kyrgios in just over an hour-and-a-half.
A day after seeing off Tsitsipas in the quarter final, the first time he had beaten a top-five player since victory over Novak Djokovic in the ATP Finals in 2016, Murray continued to show his prowess on grass as builds up to Wimbledon.
The British number three, currently ranked 68 in the world, will take on Italian world No 10 Matteo Berrettini in the final on Sunday.
Andy Murray’s week at the Stuttgart Open
Sunday 12 June 2022 13:05 , Luke Baker
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.
Andy Murray vs Matteo Berrettini
Sunday 12 June 2022 12:59 , Luke Baker
Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of the Stuttgart Open final, as Andy Murray takes on Matteo Berrettini.
Murray has had a very promising week in Stuttgart as he continues his Wimbledon preparations - beating Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios among others this week.
He’s seeking a first grass-court title for six years but world No 10 Berrettini is a formidable opponent standing in his way.
The final gets underway at 2pm and stick with us for live coverage.