Top seed Matteo Berrettini waited all afternoon for rain to stop before booking a semi-final place on Friday as his successful career debut at Queen’s club continued.

The Italian knocked out one of three British players remaining in the home field, defeating national No. 1 Dan Evans 7-6(5), 6-3.

The last two remaining Brits will clash – weather permitting – as 301-ranked neophyte Jack Draper goes against Cam Norrie.

Berrettini will be playing his third semi-final on grass after Stuttgart – he won that tournament – and Halle in 2019.

The 25-year-old Roman ranked ninth needed just under an hour and three quarters to reach the final four on the pre-Wimbledon grass, hammering 13 aces and forcing Evans to save eight of nine break points.

 “The tiebreaker was close, it’s all about a few points – especially on grass, ” the winner said.

“My return was better than my serve but I played well on the last few points. I felt confident even if conditions were so wet, windy and cold, totally different than any other day.

“I’m happy with my performance; I had expected a slippery court but it was perfect. 

“I came here to win the tournament, so I will only look ahead to my next match. I’m two steps away from the title.

“My mental attitude is good and I’m looking forward to keep going.”

Berrettini will face off for a spot in the finals against Australian Alex de Minaur, who beat two-time Queen’s winner Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 despite 14 aces from the former US Open champion.

Main photo:- Matteo Berrettini wins quarter final match at Queens by


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