The British No2 was bidding to turn into the primary British winner of the Queen’s title because the Second World Warfare.
However within the third closing of the most effective season of his profession, Norrie couldn’t fairly break down the barrage of rocket serves from the Italian in a 6-4 6-7 6-3 defeat.
The pair had been separated by only one break of serve in a good opening set, however Norrie might take some comfort from the truth that seven of the final 9 champions at Queen’s had all dropped the opening set.
In reality, he did properly to remain within the contest as Berrettini initially appeared unbreakable in set two, and Norrie discovered himself staring down defeat at 4-4 and with two break factors towards his serve.
He saved each with the set decider by a tiebreak. Norrie bought the primary mini break and led at 4-1, a bonus he by no means let slip as he blended up his sport to lastly rattle Berrettini, who within the course of misplaced his first set on the championships. It was all of the extra outstanding as Berrettini, commonly serving at 140mph-plus, hadn’t dropped a service sport all match.
There was little to separate each gamers within the deciding set – the fifth closing in a row to go the gap at Queen’s – however Berrettini marginally held the benefit.
He had two break factors with Norrie serving at 2-3, which he couldn’t convert, however bought the match-winning break as he received 5 straight factors to interrupt Norrie’s closing service sport earlier than serving out for the title.
In doing, so he turned the primary participant to win Queen’s on debut since 1985 when Boris Becker proved victorious within the 12 months he received his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. It should mark him out as one of many extra favoured gamers on the grass at SW19 subsequent week.
For Norrie, there have been loads of positives to take from the previous seven days. Previous to this week, he had by no means received a match at Queen’s however had insisted he had the sport to translate his clay-court kind onto the grass. He additionally advised the floor at Wimbledon would larger play to his strengths.
And as well as he’ll eclipse his present profession rating of 41st on the planet when the rankings are revised on Monday, with a possible seeding at Wimbledon.
After the loss, Norrie stated: “I’ve actually loved my tennis right here. For those who’d instructed me earlier than the match, I’d have signed for the ultimate. It’s clearly nice to have some tennis again in London.”