Novak Djokovic will match Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s record by winning Wimbledon in 2021.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC defeated Matteo Berrettini to win his sixth Wimbledon title and tie for the most male Grand Slam singles titles with 20.
And it currently appears that the world No. 1 will soon overcome Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal as the uncontested GOAT of the male game. He was the show’s star in front of an audience that included the Duchess of Cambridge and Tom Cruise.
The relentless Serbian superstar beat Berrettini 6-7 6-4 6-4 6-3 in three hours and 24 minutes to complete the third leg of a probable Golden calendar Grand Slam.
When Berrrettini fired down his third double fault, Djokovic broke to lead 4-3, and the Serb claimed his third match point when the Italian sliced into the net.
He is the first male player to win all four Grand Slam championships twice, has the most weeks at No. 1 in the world, and has beaten Federer and Nadal.
Although Djokovic will never be as popular as the Swiss or the Spaniards – as the raucous Centre Court audience demonstrated today by chanting “Matteo” – cold-hard logic dictates that he should be acknowledged as the best. In addition, he is a tennis prodigy.
He’s now unbeaten in 21 Grand Slam matches this year, including 21 at Wimbledon, when he won a hat-trick of trophies.
His most recent Wimbledon setback was in the quarter-finals against Tomas Berdych in 2017, when he retired hurt.
The first ever Championship tiebreak in a final was seen in Djokovic’s victory over Federer in 2019, but the fate of this match was only in doubt for a brief moment.
He’d begun his search for his latest piece of history with unusual trepidation. In the first game, Djokovic had two double faults and needed to save a break point.
Berrettini, on the other hand, had a severe case of stage fright in his maiden Grand Slam final, with both of his primary weapons — his serve and forehand – misfiring in the opening exchanges. As Djokovic broke to lead 3-1 and later had a set point at 5-2 after 35 minutes, he made only 43% of his first serves in his first two service games. However, the Italian was greeted with thunderous ovation before breaking again when the Serb served for the set at 5-4, forcing a tiebreak. After that, he took the first set. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”