Novak Djokovic is the Wimbledon champion for the sixth time. The Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic now holds the record for grand slam titles won, surpassing Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. They now have twenty titles.
The tournament was the third grand-slam tournament for Djokovic this season, following the Australian Open and Roland Garros. This means that the number one player in the world can still win a Golden Slam. Djokovic must also win Olympic gold and the US Open to be eligible for this tournament.
Sixth Wimbledon title
Djokovic, 34 years old, has won every grand slam tournament at least once. Djokovic was also the best player at Wimbledon in 2011, 2015, 2015, 2018, and 2019. Last year, the tournament was cancelled due to the corona crisis.
Djokovic defeated Matteo Berrettini (number nine) in the final in four sets: 7-6 (4), 6 6-4, 6 6-4 and 6-3.
You can view the summary below of the final between Djokovic und Berrettini.
Berrettini was able to reach the final and follow in the footsteps of his compatriot Adriano Pantatta, who in 1976 at Roland Garros, was the first and only Italian man to compete in the final match of a grand Slam tournament in singles.
Djokovic started nervously his thirtieth grand final in front of sold out stands. Djokovic made two double mistakes in the first game, and had to immediately eliminate a breakpoint.
Berrettini, 25, seemed nervous about his first grand slam final. He had a taped leg. Berrettini was the first Italian finalist in Wimbledon since 1968. He relied heavily on his strong serve but also made many mistakes.
Djokovic, who was at 2-1, seized his second break chance and ran out to 5-2. Berrettini defeated Botic van der Zandschulp in round 2. He leaned on his first serve hard and was able to eliminate Djokovic’s first set point at 5-2. Berrettini was back at 5-3 after a match that lasted almost ten minutes with seven deuces.
The Italian seemed to be able to relax a bit and came up with a stunning ball to 5-4. He then retained his service games convincingly. After a tiebreak, Berrettini quickly won to 3-0. He then decided that the tiebreak was in his favor by scoring an ace (7-4).
Berrettini’s strength seemed to have been compromised by the tiebreak and loss of the first set. Djokovic was able to win the second set 4-0. The Serb looked sharper after the set’s painful loss – his second loss in this tournament’s first set. Berrettini was able to return to 5-2 after strikingly hitting a ball backwards between his legs.
This was the turning point for Djokovic, who, like in the first, won three set points. Berrettini fought back and ended up at 5-3. Djokovic was awarded three set points. Berrettini swept them all, and Djokovic returned to 5-4. Djokovic won the second set with his own serve.
Battle in the third set
Berrettini soared out of the beginning blocks in the third set and both tennis players had few chances to win on their own service. Djokovic still managed to break at 1-1. However, Berrettini made life difficult for the Serb in his service games.
Djokovic was unable to maintain the break lead. It reached 5-3, and Berrettini’s strong service game made it 5-4. Djokovic, as in the first two sets was allowed to serve in the third set. He made two set points following mistakes by the Italian, and used the second: 6-6.
Berrettini played a solid fourth set and displayed some great tennis, but his game was just too unpredictable to bother Djokovic. The service games of the Italian were good and he was leading set four 2-1.
The two tennis players met at Roland Garros last month. Djokovic won in four sets and the same story was repeated at Wimbledon. Berrettini fought hard for every point but Djokovic forced Berrettini to make mistakes, and it had to wait until Djokovic won the decisive set.
Berrettini looked like he was breaking the Serb at 2-3. But Djokovic made a great point and kept his service. In the long rallies, he always pulled the longest straw. Djokovic was more like Berrettini than the English crowd, and at 3-3 Berrettini lost his service game with a double fault.
Djokovic continued to rumble on, sending Djokovic from left-to-right across the track. Finally, he used his third match point, making it his sixth Wimbledon title.