Before the Matteo Berrettini final, Novak Djokovic makes a Wimbledon Centre Court demand.


Before the Matteo Berrettini final, Novak Djokovic makes a Wimbledon Centre Court demand.

This Sunday, Novak Djokovic is hopeful that the Wimbledon spectators inside Centre Court will be on his side.

Novak Djokovic is one win away from equaling Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles, and the world No. 1 is hoping for the crowd’s support as he tries to make more history on Centre Court. In a dramatic semi-final, the Serbian superstar held off a valiant fight from Denis Shapovalov to win 7-6, 7-5, 7-5.

And the defending champion will now play Matteo Berrettini, who became the first Italian to reach the final here, kicking off his country’s spectacular sporting Sunday.

Djokovic is the overwhelming favorite to win his sixth Wimbledon title in his 30th Grand Slam final — and complete the calendar Grand Slam.

In addition, the Australian and French Open champion has a chance to equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s record of 20 major titles.

“The Grand Slams are everything, especially at this time of my career,” the Serb remarked.

“That’s why I’ve come. That is why I am participating. I’ve put myself in an excellent situation.

“It has been a great honor for me to make history in the sport that I like. It warms my heart to know that there is something historic on the line; it inspires and encourages me, but I also have to balance it out and stay in the moment, winning only the next match.”

The Centre Court audience cheered for Roger Federer in the 2019 final, and even booed the Serb. Will an English crowd this time support Italy ahead of the Euro 2020 final or the GOAT in the making?

“I hope to have the stadium on my side,” Djokovic added. “Every player hopes that in big games, he will have the bulk of the audience on his side. It’s a significant change.

“In his maiden Grand Slam final, Berrettini is a bit of an underdog. But I’m hoping that people will understand the significance of this match for me, the history that is on the line.”

In his 41st Grand Slam semi-final, Djokovic, 34, displayed his expertise against the 22-year-old Canadian in his first.

When he lost the second set due to an over-rule, the No. 10 seed’s rage bubbled over.

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