Italy’s Matteo Berrettini retained his Royal Club title in a 7-5, 6-4 loss to Serbian Filip Krajinovic on Sunday, and the world No. 10 secured an ideal starting point for Wimbledon.

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Berrettini had too much firepower for the unseeded Krajinovic, who has now lost all five of his Tour-level finals.

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The Italian, who also won the title in Stuttgart this month, has won 20 of his last 21 matches on grass so far, and his only defeat came in last year’s Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic.

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He was forced to work hard by Krajinovic, who bounced back in the first set but lost again at 5-5.

Krajinovic’s double fault cost the game 2-3 in the second set, as Berrettini secured a decisive service break to claim his seventh career title with an ace.

Berrettini, who underwent surgery on his right hand in March, became the eighth player to win back-to-back titles in the tournament, all other former world champions including John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker and Andy Murray.

Now he will go to Wimbledon as one of the favorites.

“Too much emotion,” Berrettini said. “To get this trophy twice, I just dreamed of playing in this tournament. It was a really good week for me, I came here with a lot of confidence. Today was the best match I’ve played.

“I have worked so hard for this. I know Wimbledon is different, but I know I can do it, I did it once. I’m really looking forward to it, but I know every match will be tough.”

A superb angled shot gave Berrettini the break he had threatened in the fifth game of the first set.

But Krajinovic, who had never won a match on grass until this week, responded with a sharp volley in the next game to get back on track.

However, the Serb landed a backhand and dropped the serve at 5-5 and Berrettini held on to take the first ball.

In the second set, Berrettini showed the range of his game, combining strength with panache to take the lead, and once he broke the serve to love it in the fifth game, there was no looking back.