Top seed Matteo Berrettini says he hopes he does not sleep too well ahead of Sunday’s Queen’s tournament final after beating Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals on Saturday.
The 25-year-old Italian has yet to drop a set on his debut at Queen’s and although Australian No 1 De Minaur gave him a good workout he had too much power for his opponent.
Berrettini has beaten two Britons on his way to the final – Andy Murray and Dan Evans – and will have to beat another Cameron Norrie if he is to lift the trophy.
The 25-year-old South Africa-born Norrie beat Canadian second seed Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 6-3.
An early break for Berrettini in the first set over the fourth-seeded De Minaur and then at 4-4 in the second was sufficient to seal his place in the final of the key warm-up tournament for Wimbledon.
Berrettini – who has been in fine form and arrived on the back of a quarterfinal appearance at the French Open – has won the Serbian Open this year and reached the final of the Madrid Masters.
He grinned when asked does he usually sleep soundly on the eve of a final.