Djokovic Wins 20th Slam, Beats Berrettini For 6th Wimbledon
by Staff | July 11th, 2021, 4:50 pm
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Novak Djokovic has become the first man since 1969 to win the first three Slams of the year after winning Wimbledon today defeating Matteo Berrettini 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.

“Winning Wimbledon was always the biggest dream of mine as a child,” said Djokovic who matched Rod Laver’s first three titles in 1969 . “I know how special this is and I don’t want to take this for granted. I was a seven year old boy in Serbia, constructing a Wimbledon tennis trophy with improvised materials in my bedroom and now I am standing here with six titles. It’s incredible.”

The title is Djokovic 20th in a Slam which ties him atop the all-time men’s leaderboard with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The Big 3 trio will head to US Open with the lead at stake.

“It means none of us will stop,” Djokovic said. “I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger as legends of our sport, the two most important players in my career and why I am the player I am today. They made me realize what I needed to improve, mentally, physically and tactically.

“When I first broke into the Top 10, for three or four years, I lost most of the big matches against these guys and something shifted at the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011. The past 10 years have been an incredible journey and it’s not stopping here.”

Djokovic had a rough start to his 7th Wimbledon final, surviving two double faults in his opening game. In his biggest match, Berrettini was equally as sluggish and the 25-year-old bit the bullet going down a break. But Djokovic couldn’t capitalize on a 5-2 lead, and in the breaker it was the underdog coming up with the goods to steal the set from the Serb in an improbably comeback.

Djokovic, though, quickly regrouped breaking Berrettini twice to burst out to a 4-0 lead in the second, and that set the tone the rest of the match.

Djokovic would get early breaks in both the third and fourth to coast relatively comfortably to his seventh title in his last eight Slam finals.

“Definitely felt slightly more nervous than I usually feel at the beginning of today’s match, particularly the first set,” admitted Djokovic. “I think after the first set was done, I just felt relief.

“Obviously it was not great that I lost the first set. But on the other hand I just felt like I just wanted to get this first set over with so I could just start to swing through the ball and play the way I want to play.”

Djokovic was all over the net winning 34 of 48 net approaches. While the drop shot wasn’t that effective as it has been, Djokovic was getting to Berrettini on his second serve. Berrettini finished winning 76% of his first serves with 16 aces, but won only 38% of second.

Djokovic has now won his last 21 matches at Wimbledon and is 21-0 this year in Slams. He hasn’t lost a match since turning 34 in May.

Berrettini, who was playing in his first Slam final, was trying to become the first Italian man or woman to ever win Wimbledon.

“Novak was better than me, as he is a great champion,” said Berrettini. “He is right in the history of the sport and he deserves all the plaudits. I hope it’s not my last Grand Slam final. It’s such an honor to be here and it’s been a really great run the past couple of weeks and also at The Queen’s Club.”

His last two losses have come to Djokovic.

“The most important thing for me is that right now I’m losing against the best players in the world. In Paris, I lost against him, and he won the tournament,” said Berrettini. “In Queen’s, I won, and then I lost against him again here. It means that my level is growing. It means my weapons and my tennis, in general, is growing. That’s the right path. That’s the right thing that I’m doing.

“It means that I’m there. It means that I deserve to be here. Today, again, Novak was the better player on court, but I’m getting closer. Every match that I’m playing against them helps me to get closer.”

Before the Calendar Slam chase resumes in New York, Djokovic has a first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on the line later this month, if he so chooses to go. At the least, New York will be huge and he’s now just seven wins away.

“I could definitely envisage it happening and I will definitely give it a shot,” said Djokovic of the Calendar Slam. “I am in great form and I am playing well at the Grand Slams. So let’s keep it going.”


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7 Comments for Djokovic Wins 20th Slam, Beats Berrettini For 6th Wimbledon

chrisford1 Says:

Yes, I AM deeply grateful the Brits had Wimbledon and permitted crowds at many events, but they wussed out on the Championship dinner.
Cancelled on Covid fears. Just as Britain was enjoying open air fun and food under tents as OK with the authorities. Wimbledon could have easily done the same – slow to adapt old fogies!
Too bad. It would have been appreciated by Ashleigh Barty in particular.
Maybe Novak can have some raincheck celebration with Barty and others who would have been at such a dinner. Rogers Cup/Cincy/USO time. USA and Canada should be a little more open and I believe the Americans have no intent on a bubble for vaccinated player, or families, and no limit on team size.
For Djokovic and some others, not eager to quit on the Olympics, it might be an option for some players to have a vacation in the USA/Canada with family before the Olympics. They stay since family won’t be at the Olympics, then players return from Japan meet up with family in N America again, and no one has to relocate.
Be a shame for all the good players to ditch the Olympics due to the ‘bubbles” planned in Japan, when an alternative is park the ‘entourage’ in N America, prep for Tokyo in N America, fly in, play, head back to N America in a week to have nice rest and downtime for a warmup event Or, almost a month of solid training and R&R if they skip both Masters 1000s.
I hope Djokovic has the gumption to go to Japan, though I think he’s not happy with separation and bubbles and flights back and forth, and may bail for that reason. And what everyone is saying about how he must do nothing before the USO because somehow the non-calendar Grand Slams he, Serena, and Navratilova got are worthless, and only 4 in a row that happen to start in Australia matters – may not be at the top of Djoker’s bucket list.
It is his last chance for gold, and he may judge that skipping the Olympics would not increase his USO chances.

***Blame Djokovic for doing so well he is creating these great dilemmas of what to do to gain or extend what record, and not go after an alternative feat or record. Even he has limits, he has to choose paths and schedule his time best for himself and those around him. Done pretty well so far with his decisions, I’d say!***


jatin Says:

I know its kind of a wishful thinking but I would love to see Fed, Rafa and Novak in great form in USO and possibly reaching the Semi Finals and then fighting it out for the 21th slam.

For Fed its going to be very difficult due to his age and lack of match play but this guy has proven people wrong countless times already.

Very excited for the USO now.
See you guys later.


Madmax Says:

Jatin,

Not necessarily wishful thinking. It’s going to be down to motivation to train and health, of course. Always believe in the positive.

“Reacting to the world No 1’s third Grand Slam triumph of 2021, Federer posted: “Congrats Novak on your 20th major.”

“I’m proud to have the opportunity to play in a special era of tennis champions. Wonderful performance, well done!”

Speaking after his win, which follows joy at the Australian Open and French Open earlier this year, Djokovic declared: “It means none of us three [Federer and Nadal] will stop. I think that’s what it means.

“I’ve mentioned this before many times and I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger.

“They are legends of our sport and they are the two most important players that I ever faced in my career. They are the reason why I think I am where I am today.

“They’ve helped me realise what I need to do in order to improve to get stronger physically and tactically.

Mutual appreciation society Jatin, between Novak and Roger.

Lovely!


Giles Says:

Does anyone know where Pepe, joker’s boyfriend, is hiding?


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Another amazing accomplishment…. by the GOAT.
At this stage of his career, even adding a slam doesn’t change his legacy, but this summer he has two potentially huge achievemnts, in the olympic gold and the calendar grand slam. I hope going for the gold doesn’t come at the expense of a top performance at the slam.
I think Shapovalov challenged him the most, I loved that match, but Shapovalov had his absolute A game, Novak had his B game, and still won. That’s how much higher Novak is now than everyone except Rafa. he can still win with his B game, because he’s smart and mentally tough. I doubt he won the most points against Shapo, but he won the important ones. Shapovalov will be better, though. Medvedev might challenge on hard court. Rafa as well. I think Felix will be in the mix of challengers soon.
But right now, its just Novak and the field. He’s gotten a bit of a dud era for a moment to be piggy with the slams


Giles Says:

Joker will draw a blank at the OG. Fed might shine seeing as it is BO3


Wog Boy Says:

Actually, looking at the stats Shapovalov match wasn’t that close as it looked, mostly because of the intensity Shapovalov brings on court and his style of playing for broke.
Nole won 116 points to Shapo’s 104.
Nole had 33/15 winners to UE to Shapo’s 40 to 36.
Just in about every stat Nole was better, it was very clean match even not playing his best.
If you have Wimbledon app you can check the stats of every match, they are still available.


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