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Wimbledon 2021: Novak Djokovic beats Matteo Berrettini to affix Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as 20-time Grand Slam champion | Tennis Information

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World No 1 Novak Djokovic wins sixth Wimbledon title to say sole possession of fourth place on the checklist for many males’s singles titles on the All England Membership, forward of Bjorn Borg and Laurie Doherty; the Serb additionally turns into the fifth man in historical past to win the primary three Slams of the season

Final Up to date: 11/07/21 6:19pm

Novak Djokovic joined Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as a 20-time Grand Slam champion after claiming his sixth Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic equalled Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s males’s report of 20 Grand Slam titles because the world No 1 claimed his sixth Wimbledon crown on Sunday.

Djokovic finally overawed Italian seventh seed Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4 6-3 on Centre Courtroom to turn into the primary participant since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the primary three titles of the 12 months, holding him on observe to emulate the Australian by claiming a calendar Grand Slam.

Throw in an Olympic singles gold medal in Tokyo, for which he will even be favorite, and Djokovic is on target to turn into the primary man ever to win a Golden Slam.

“That was greater than a battle. Congratulations to Matteo for a incredible event. It was a troublesome match right now. He is a real Italian hammer,” mentioned Djokovic.

“Profitable Wimbledon was at all times the largest dream as a child. I’ve to recollect how particular that is and never take it as a right and remember this can be a large honour and privilege.

“From being a seven-year-old setting up a Wimbledon trophy out of uncooked supplies to standing right here with a sixth trophy. It is unimaginable.”

On drawing stage with Nadal and Federer, he added: “It means none of us three will cease!

“I’ve to pay an excellent tribute to Rafa and Roger. They’re legends of our sport. The 2 most necessary gamers I ever confronted.

“They’re the rationale I’m the place I’m right now. They made me realise what I needed to do to enhance. The final 10 years has been an unimaginable journey that’s not stopping right here.”

Djokovic used his full repertoire of grass-courts skills to see off Berrettini

Djokovic used his full repertoire of grass-courts expertise to see off Berrettini

Djokovic has been a one-man brick wall in holding the youthful era’s fingers off the largest titles, defeating Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and now Berrettini in Slam finals this 12 months.

Massive-serving Berrettini got here into Wimbledon as one of many favourites having received his first grass-court title at Queen’s Membership, and was on an 11-match profitable run.

Actor Tom Cruise was in attendance for the men's final on Centre Court

Actor Tom Cruise was in attendance for the boys’s remaining on Centre Courtroom

With Tom Cruise returning to the All England Membership for the boys’s remaining, having watched the ladies’s match a day earlier, it seemed to be a mission not possible for the 25-year-old from Rome as Djokovic broke for a 3-1 lead, regardless of a tentative begin by the Serb.

Berrettini was bidding to turn into the primary Italian participant to win a singles title at Wimbledon and he held a marathon 10-minute eighth recreation, which included eight deuces and a set level, earlier than maintaining the momentum within the subsequent recreation by benefiting from an uncharacteristically limp Djokovic second serve to interrupt again.

He then took the tie-break to safe a shock lead after 70 minutes to the delight of a raucous Centre Courtroom.

Berrettini’s serve, which frequently tops 135mph, has been his largest weapon this fortnight however Djokovic breached it twice on his method to a cushty 5-1 lead within the second set.

A Berrettini ‘tweener’ lob over Djokovic had spectators on their ft as he held for 5-2, and the underdog then clawed a break again, however the high seed composed himself to serve out the set and stage the match.

Djokovic vs Berrettini: Match Stats

Djokovic Match Stats Berrettini
5 Aces 16
4 Double Faults 3
79% 1st serve win share 76%
53% 2nd serve win share 38%
6/15 Break factors received 2/7
31 Whole winners 57
21 Unforced errors 48
145 Whole factors received 131

Having soaked up the early barrage of artillery from his opponent, Djokovic started to slowly take management of the ultimate. He saved Berrettini’s damaging forehand at bay, to pressure a break for 2-1 within the third.

Regardless of fashioning two break factors at 2-3 the Italian was unable to make them depend, and Djokovic served out to maneuver two units to 1 up.

The Serb produced some world-class winners towards a barrage of big-hitting from Berrettini.

Nevertheless, it was the world No 10 who crumbled below the mounting strain to double-fault, handing Djokovic a 4-3 lead within the fourth set.

Berrettini saved two Championship factors on his personal serve nevertheless it was third time fortunate for Djokovic, a backhand into the online sealing a twentieth Slam title.

Djokovic is now three-quarters of the way in which by way of a possible Grand Slam of all 4 majors this 12 months, with simply the US Open to come back.

He added: “I might positively envisage that taking place. I will give it a shot. I am taking part in properly and taking part in my finest tennis at Grand Slams is my precedence.”

Gallant runner-up Berrettini mentioned: “Unbelievable emotions, possibly too many to deal with.

“For certain Novak was higher than me, he is an excellent champion. He is writing the historical past of this sport so he deserves all of the credit score.

“I am proud of my efficiency right here, hopefully it will not be the final. I could not ask for extra – properly possibly slightly bit.”

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