Novak Djokovic has issued a warning regarding Matteo Berrettini’s potential in the Wimbledon final, saying that he “can do damage.”
In his first Grand Slam final, the Italian will face the world number one.
In the men’s singles final at Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic should be mindful of Matteo Berrettini’s tremendous serve and forehand, according to John McEnroe. On Sunday, Djokovic will attempt to equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 Grand Slam trophies, but Berrettini has demonstrated that he has the weaponry to challenge the world number one.
The defending champion has been in outstanding form over the last two weeks, losing only one set in six matches.
In the semi-final, he beat Denis Shapovalov of Canada in straight sets and is a heavy favorite to win his third Wimbledon title and sixth overall.
On Centre Court tomorrow afternoon, he will have a tough opponent in Berrettini, who is in fine form himself.
The Italian entered the Championships fresh off a win at Queen’s, and he was impressive in defeating Hubert Hurkacz in the semi-final.
Berrettini, 25, served 22 aces and 60 winners against Hurkacz, and his strong groundstrokes helped him win 11 straight games at one point.
Although Djokovic has already won the Australian Open and the French Open this year, McEnroe believes Berrettini can still produce an upset.
On the BBC’s Wimbledon Today show, he commented, “There’s a puncher’s chance.”
“In a heavyweight bout, one punch may turn the fight around. He has the potential to cause havoc with his serve and forehand.
“I believe Novak will win the Grand Slam; what he’s accomplished so far is unbelievable.
“However, when you looked at the draw, you said, ‘There are maybe three or four players who could beat him, Roger [Federer] maybe, [Daniil] Medvedev perhaps.’
“Well, Berrettini was one of those two guys,” says the narrator. He’s there, and he should make the most of it.
“Hasn’t Novak had to feel some pressure at some point attempting to tie these guys up?! ”
While Djokovic is in a familiar situation, Berrettini is the first Italian guy to reach a major singles final since Adriano Panatta in 1976 at the French Open.
However, he already has some success to add on this summer, having become the first player since Boris Becker in 1985 to win the Queens championship on his debut.
Given the circumstances, that victory over Cameron Norrie of the United Kingdom could be a favorable omen. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”