- Novak Djokovic defeated Matteo Berrettini to become Wimbledon champion for the sixth time
- Defeated Berrettini 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in three hours and 23 minutes
- This is his third consecutive title at Wimbledon.
- Djokovic equals Federer and Nadal’s record of 20 Grand Slams
The current champion world number one Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has won the third Grand Slam Wimbledon title of the year. He defeated Italy’s Matteo Berrettini 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the final that lasted three hours and 23 minutes on Sunday. This is his sixth Wimbledon title, while his 20th Grand Slam overall. With this, he has equaled the record of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Strong comeback after losing the first set
Berrettini made a very simple mistake in the beginning, taking advantage of which Djokovic broke his serve early. Then when Djokovic was leading 5-2, Berrettini saved the set point. The Italian player saved his serve in the next game amid the support of the spectators and then took the break point to extend the match towards the tiebreaker. Berrettini took a 3-0 lead early in the tiebreaker.
Djokovic, playing in his 30th Grand Slam final, leveled but Berrettini soon earned two set points. He made this set on the first set point by collecting ace which lasted for one hour and 10 minutes. Djokovic gave Berrettini a chance to come back in the second set as well. The Serbian once held a 4-0 lead but failed to win the set on his serve at 5-2.
Djokovic lost three set points at 5-3 but easily scored on his serve in the next game to level the match at 1-1. In the third game of the third set, Djokovic broke Berrettini’s service to lead 2–1 and then kept his serve. He saved two break points in the sixth game. He had two set points at 5-4. He took the lead in the match at the second set point after Berrettini’s forehand was out. The top-seeded Serbian took advantage of Berrettini’s double fault in the fourth set to lead 4-3 before securing a break point in the final game.
Such was the thrill of the semi-finals
Earlier, Djokovic defeated Canadian Denis Shapavalov in straight sets 7-6(3) 7-5 7-5 in the second semi-final of men’s singles to seal a ticket to the final of the prestigious Grand Slam for the 7th time. Matteo Berrettini, on the other hand, produced a fine serve and a powerful forehand to beat Hubert Harcaz to enter the final.
This happened for the first time in 45 years
It is the first time in 45 years that an Italian player has reached the final of a Grand Slam tournament. Adriano Pennetta was the last Italian player to reach a Grand Slam final before Berrettini. He reached the final of the French Open in 1976. The twenty-five-year-old Berrettini had earlier reached the semi-finals of the US Open in 2019 but failed to progress beyond that.