huhhello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of today’s Stuttgart Open final between Andy Murray and Matteo Berrettini.
Murray will play his first final on the pitch since winning Wimbledon in 2016, when he takes on second-seeded Italian Berrettini in today’s final.
Murray stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas in Friday’s quarter-finals, Murray’s first win in six years against a top-five opponent.
It will be Murray’s second final of 2022, who lost to Aslan Karatsev in January at the Sydney Tennis Classic hard court, and the first time he has reached two finals in the same season since 2017. Murray, who is struggling to get back to his best after hip surgery, last won a tour singles title at the European Open in Belgium in 2019 and has a record 46-23 in the final.
Berrettini triumphed 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5) to Oscar Otte in a close match with no service interruptions. Berrettini saved a set point in the tiebreak of the first set and needed three match points to complete the victory.
Murray and Berrettini each won one of their two career meetings, with Berrettini winning in their only match on the lawn at Queen’s Club last year.
Murray made it through his semi-final against Nick Kyrgios yesterday, but the Australian said he faced racial slurs from the public during the loss.
The Australian posted on Instagram after the 7-6 (5), 6-2 defeat to Murray that he had heard abusive comments from the stands.
‘When will this end? Dealing with racist comments from the crowd?’ he wrote on Instagram. “I understand my behavior isn’t always the best _ but ‘you little black sheep’, ‘shut up and play’ small comments like this are not acceptable. If I take revenge on the mob I will be punished. This is screwed up .”
Kyrgios was given a point penalty for breaking his racket at the end of the first set tiebreaker, then a game penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct in the second set after approaching the crowd and appearing to ask, “What did you say?” Kyrgios then sat down and did not continue the match until speaking to the tournament director.