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Filip Krajinovic says he won’t be putting any pressure on himself when he takes on defending champion Matteo Berrettini in Sunday’s final at the ATP Cinch Championships.

The Serb had never won a tour-level match on grass heading into this week but has seen off Americans Jenson Brooksby and Sam Querrey, as well as British wildcard Ryan Peniston.

However, by far his most impressive showing came on Saturday as he defeated two-time former champion Marin Cilic 6-3 6-3.

Krajinovic will now look to win his maiden ATP Tour title when he takes on last year’s winner and 2021 Wimbledon runner-up Berrettini.

The Italian defeated the Netherlands’ Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4 6-3 to advance to Sunday’s showpiece and after winning last week in Stuttgart, is now unbeaten in eight matches since returning following hand surgery.

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A maiden Grand Slam crown at SW19 feels a real possibility for Berrettini at 7/1 and he has already beaten Sunday’s opponent in a final, triumphing on the Budapest clay in 2019.

That contributes to a 2-0 career head-to-head advantage but Krajinovic, who has lost all four of his ATP Tour career finals, does not seem perturbed.

The 30-year-old admits he is the underdog but says that after upsetting the odds all week, he is again ready to go out and play without pressure on Sunday.

“It is an unbelievable feeling,” Krajinovic said in his on-court interview. “I can’t believe I am in the final. Before this tournament I had never won a match on grass. [I thought] I would come here and win just one or maybe two matches, but now I am in the final. It is a dream come true. It is traditional and an honour to play here in front of you guys. It is a dream for me.”

He added: “Let’s see. I am just going and enjoy. I have nothing to lose, so let’s see. I will enjoy and see what happens and of course give my best.”

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Author: Lucille White