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Berrettini vs Krajinovic ATP Budapest live streaming, preview and tips - Berrettini and Krajinovic clash for Hungarian Open title

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 28 Apr 2019
  • Matteo Berrettini vs Filip Krajinovic is live from Budapest at 3.00pm local time on Sunday (2.00pm BST)
  • It's the first career meeting between the pair
Matteo Berrettini (PA Images)

Matteo Berrettini and Filip Krajinovic clash for the first time with the Hungarian Open title on the line in Budapest on Sunday.

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A new Hungarian Open champion will be crowned on Sunday in Budapest as World No. 55 Matteo Berrettini and qualifier Filip Krajinovic battle it out for the silverware.

Coming into Budapest on a four-match losing streak at tour-level dating back to the second round of Marseille (he did win a Challenger title in Phoenix, Arizona in-between), Berrettini has surged back into form in the Hungarian city, winning three of his four matches in straight sets to advance into his second ATP World Tour final. Berrettini has defeated Mikhail Kukushkin, Aljaz Bedene and Rio One champion Laslo Djere in straights, while he overcame the experienced Pablo Cuevas in three sets in the quarter-finals. The Italian won 26 out of 30 points behind his first serve in Saturday’s semi-final against Djere and didn’t drop serve during the one hour and 19 minute victory.

"I have to realise what I did today. I have to recover for this match. It was a short match, but very intense," Berrettini said. "I have to stay focused and prepare for tomorrow."

Ranked outside the top 400 at the start of the 2017 season, Berrettini has experienced an underrated rise into the top 100 will now hit a career-high ranking of at least No. 41 courtesy of his run in Budapest this week. After working his way up via the Futures and Challenger circuit, Berrettini qualified for his first Grand Slam main draw at the 2018 Australian Open and secured his first Masters 1000 victory later that year in his home tournament in Rome.

Berrettini continued to land personal milestones as 2018 went on, reaching the third round of the French Open and scoring his first top 20 victory when he defeated Jack Sock to make the second round of Wimbledon, while he captured his first ATP World Tour title on the clay of Gstaad soon after, taking out the likes of Andrey Rublev, Feliciano Lopez and Radu Albot before beating Roberto Bautista Agut in the final. Berrettini also advanced to the quarter-finals of Kitzbuhel and qualified to reach the second round of the 500-level China Open to finish the season with an even 19-19 record at No. 54 in the world. Berrettini is currently ranked No. 55 after going 6-9 in 2019, but as mentioned, he’s set to rise to the cusp of the top 40 after this week - and into the top 40 if he can win the title on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Filip Krajinovic is someone who knows all about rankings highs and lows. The Serbian enjoyed the biggest moment of his career at the end of 2017, when out of nowhere, he qualified and advanced all the way to the final of the Paris Masters, going down to Jack Sock in the final. Krajinovic would go on to climb to No. 33 in the world from outside the top 70, but he struggled to reproduce that sort of form consistently throughout 2018, and when his Paris Masters dropped off at the end of the season, he was languishing outside the top 90.

It was a disappointing stagnation for Krajinovic, who was one of the most promising youngsters coming through the ranks when he was a teenager, but injuries derailed his career as he hovered around the 300 mark in the rankings. The Serbian won four Challengers in 2017 before his Paris Masters run to vault into the top 100, but he won just 14 matches in 2018 to regress back down the rankings. Krajinovic was involved in an unsavoury split with former coach Thomas Johansson earlier this season, but it seemed to galvanise him as he made the fourth round of the Indian Wells Masters, beating David Goffin and Daniil Medvedev along the way, while he also reached the third round in Miami and finished runner-up at the Sophia Antipolis Challenger a couple of weeks ago.

After qualifying for the Hungarian Open main draw this week and defeating Andreas Seppi, Radu Albot, Borna Coric and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Krajinovic has now won 10 of his last 11 matches. The 27-year-old advanced into his second ATP final with a clinical 6-2 6-2 dispatch of Herbert in Saturday’s semi-finals, losing just six points behind serve and not facing a break point.

"I didn’t expect this coming from qualies. Playing in a final, it’s a big achievement for me," Krajinovic said. "I think I played really well today. I served really well and I’m really happy. I will enjoy tomorrow."

Berrettini and Krajinovic haven’t played before, but they are both serving extremely well this week and will each look to get on the front foot early with their flashy baseline games. Krajinovic is on a great run, but I think Berrettini has the slight edge in this match-up. The Italian has flown under the radar when it comes to youngsters coming through, but he’s an excellent clay courter and is equipped with a huge serve and forehand. Krajinovic has a more compact style of play, and while he’s playing great himself, I feel this match is on Berrettini’s racquet. If he can dictate and play like he has all week, he’s a great chance of claiming a second ATP title.

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