Grass has given Matteo Berrettini a real boost as he returns to tour from hand surgery.

The 26-year-old Italian won Stuttgart a week ago, beating three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray in three sets and is now into the final of Queen's, where he is the defending champion. And it was a year ago that he reached the championship match at Wimbledon, where he fell to Novak Djokovic in four sets in his first Grand Slam final.

Academy owner and coach Patrick Mouratoglou says that Berrettini can go very deep again at Wimbledon, breaking down what makes his game so effective.

"It's great to see Matteo Berrettini back for the grass court season, “ said Mouratoglou in a video on social media. "I think he will be a real threat to the top players, especially on grass due to his powerful game style."

Mouratoglou, who was the coach of Serena Williams and is now working with Simona Halep, adds that there are three big weapons the No. 10 brings that are even bigger on the grass, starting with his serve.


"It's not just powerful, it's also super accurate," said Mouratoglou. "On grass, it's even more difficult to return, allowing Matteo to win many free points.

"Two, his forehand is one of the biggest on tour.

"In his serving games, if the return comes back, Matteo finds his forehand and looks to put his opponent on the run or hit a winner."

And it's not only power—Berrettini's backhand also turns into less of a weakness on grass.

"Although his backhand is his weaker shot, Matteo has developed a very good slice, which is ideal on grass," said Mouratoglou. "He uses it to force his opponents to hit upwards, giving him more opportunities to attack with his forehand."

Next, No. 2 seed Berrettini will face Filip Krajinovic in the Queen's final.