Wimbledon final: Novak Djokovic wins record-equaling 20th grand slam title

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The world No.1 joins Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 profession grand slams, cementing himself as one of many biggest gamers within the historical past of the game.

After a nervy begin, Djokovic recovered to win 6-7 (4-7) 6-Four 6-Four 6-Three towards his Italian opponent and clinch his sixth Wimbledon title.

Having already received the Australian Open and French Open this 12 months, he wants the Olympic gold medal and US Open title to grow to be the primary man to ever win a Golden Slam.

“That was greater than a battle. I might first like to increase my congratulations to Matteo, his household and his workforce for a unbelievable match. It was a troublesome match immediately,” Djokovic stated in his on-court interview. “From a 7-year-old boy in Serbia setting up a Wimbledon tennis trophy from improvised supplies I discovered in my room to standing right here immediately with my sixth Wimbledon. It is unbelievable.”

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Berrettini, taking part in in his first grand slam closing, may have been forgiven for being nervous, however it was the veteran Djokovic who appeared extra shaky at first.

The 34-year-old began the match with a double fault earlier than surviving a break-point in his first service recreation.

Berrettini, bidding to grow to be the primary Italian winner of a Wimbledon singles title, appeared to depend on his highly effective serve and booming forehand to settle himself into the match however was damaged by Djokovic in his second service recreation.

The Italian then started struggling for type, lacking a few straightforward pictures, however found his rhythm simply in time, breaking again towards Djokovic as he was serving for the set.

The mini-victory appeared to offer Berrettini a lift and momentum swung in his favor as the gang obtained behind the underdog.

The opening set went right into a nail-biting tie-break which Berrettini sealed with an emphatic ace.

It was clear Djokovic wanted to up his recreation, and that is precisely what he did within the second set, breaking the Italian’s serve twice in his first two makes an attempt.

Berrettini did not go away, although, as soon as once more breaking again when Djokovic was serving for the set, however the Serbian dug deep to degree the match.

The third set was extra like the ultimate many had anticipated, with each males producing fantastic tennis a lot to the delight of the packed stands on Centre Court docket.

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Matteo Berrettini did not look out of place in his first grand slam final.

However after an early break, Djokovic as soon as once more held on to take a 2-1 lead within the closing.

Berrettini continued to place strain on Djokovic within the closing set of the match however the nice champion’s expertise started to repay. He dramatically diminished his unforced errors and, as has at all times been the case, he discovered a approach to win the massive factors.

“For certain, Novak was higher than me. He is a good champion. He is writing the historical past of the game so he deserves all of the credit score,” Berrettini stated throughout his on-court interview. “I am actually pleased with the ultimate. Hopefully it will not be my final one right here or final one usually. It is an unbelievable feeling.”

In his present type, it appears only a matter of time earlier than Djokovic overtakes Federer and Nadal’s grand slam haul, however the Serbian paid tribute to the 2 legends of the lads’s recreation.

“They’re legends of our sport and they’re the 2 most vital gamers that I’ve ever confronted in my profession,” he stated. “They’re the rationale I’m the place I’m immediately. They helped me notice what I must do to enhance and get stronger.”

Djokovic will now head to Tokyo to compete on the Olympics earlier than heading to the US Open.