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Novak Djokovic gained his sixth Wimbledon title to equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s file of 20 males’s Grand Slam victories after combating again to beat Italy’s Matteo Berrettini.
The 34-year-old Serb gained 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4 6-3 in entrance of a passionate and vocal 15,000 crowd on Centre Courtroom.
Seventh seed Berrettini, 25, obtained loud backing however couldn’t preserve his benefit in his first main closing.
High seed Djokovic has now gained all three Grand Slam males’s titles in 2021.
“Profitable Wimbledon was all the time the largest dream for me after I was a child,” stated the world primary, who dropped a set for under the second time within the SW19 fortnight.
“A seven-year-old boy in Serbia developing a Wimbledon trophy with improvised supplies and standing right here with a sixth actual trophy is unbelievable. It’s superb.”
Having already claimed the Australian Open and French Open, Djokovic is the fifth man in historical past – and solely the second within the Open period after Rod Laver in 1969 – to win the primary three majors of the season.
And with Djokovic retaining his crown on the All England Membership, he has moved a step nearer to changing into the second participant to realize a ‘Golden Slam’.
Solely Germany’s Steffi Graf in 1988 has ever gained all 4 majors and the Olympics in a calendar yr.
Berrettini saved two match factors at 5-3 within the fourth set with a managed volley and a 101mph forehand winner down the road. However the Italian couldn’t combat off the third as he sliced a backhand into the web.
Djokovic fell flat on his again along with his arms outstretched after sealing a hard-fought victory, whereas Berrettini’s contrasting feelings on the other baseline – bending over double along with his palms on his knees – illustrated the trouble he had expended in defeat.
After taking the acclaim of a rapturous Centre Courtroom crowd, Djokovic climbed as much as his help staff to have fun earlier than discovering just a few spare seconds to have a selfie with one younger fan.
‘The journey isn’t stopping right here,’ vows Djokovic
Djokovic has made no secret of the actual fact he’s motivated by creating historical past, having already spent extra weeks as world primary than another man and now focusing on essentially the most main titles.
When Djokovic gained his first main on the 2008 Australian Open, Federer – who is sort of six years older than the Serb – had claimed 12 of his 20 majors. Djokovic was nonetheless caught on one when Federer claimed his sixteenth in 2010.
Now, Djokovic has moved degree with Federer – and Nadal, who caught up with the Swiss ultimately yr’s French Open – for the primary time.
“I’ve to pay tribute to Rafa and Roger. They’re legends of our sport and the 2 biggest gamers I’ve confronted,” stated Djokovic, who gained his second Grand Slam in 2011 and has now gained a complete of 19 previously decade.
“They’re the rationale [why I am] the place I’m right this moment. They made me realise what I needed to do to get stronger – mentally, bodily and tactically.
“The final 10 years have been an unbelievable journey that’s not stopping right here.”
‘Djokovic has taken tennis to a different degree’ – Response
Former British primary Tim Henman on BBC TV: “It has actually been a improbable event with a really worthy winner. Djokovic had an unbelievable event, he got here in as an enormous favorite and he put in an absolute masterclass within the two weeks. Little doubt the very best participant gained this event.
“He talks about his starvation, need and motivation however there isn’t a doubt he need to be the chief of that dialog in terms of numbers of Grand Slams. The calendar Grand Slam is totally on the playing cards and is among the biggest achievements within the sport. After the challenges of 2020 to have the gamers again within the stadium – it is a good way to complete.”
Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli on BBC Radio 5 Dwell: “It’s completely sensational that Novak has been capable of win the twentieth Grand Slam. What a closing – we now have been so fortunate to witness such an awesome degree from each gamers. Berrettini pushed Djokovic – it takes two gamers to have such an awesome combat. Novak Djokovic has simply taken tennis to a different degree.”
Six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker on BBC TV: “It has been a tough three weeks, simply enjoying and being within the resort, you want nice individuals round you in your facet and it is nice for Novak to indicate his appreciation for his staff.”
Extra to observe.