Novak Djokovic has won his 20th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. The number one in the world was too strong for the Italian Matteo Berrettini in the final in four sets: 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. Djokovic won Wimbledon for the third time in a row and for the sixth time in total. The nine years younger Berrettini, the global number 9, was in the final of a grand slam tournament for the first time.
With his twentieth grand slam title, Djokovic (34), who this year was also the best at the Australian Open and Roland Garros in Paris, is on a level with Rafael Nadal (35) and Roger Federer (39). Nadal took his twentieth grand slam title at Roland Garros last year, Federer was the first to achieve that milestone at the 2018 Australian Open. On the list of grand slams won, Peter Sampras follows the trio at an appropriate distance, with fourteen titles.
Djokovic in charge at the Center Court
Berrettini was clearly impressed with the packed Center Court in the early stages and made a number of mistakes. Djokovic easily walked out to 5-2 and after Berrettini struggled to get to 5-3, he started to loosen up and play a lot better. The set still ended in a tiebreak and Berrettini took a 3-0 lead. Djokovic made up for that deficit, but surprisingly had to leave the set to the debutant in the final. Berrettini took the set with an ace.
In the remainder, Djokovic determined what happened, as he has done so many times after falling behind. The tough Serb could hardly be caught making unnecessary mistakes. Also halfway through the fourth set, when Berrettini seemed well on his way to a break. With a beautiful safe followed by a short cross pass, Djokovic took the point and finally the game. It turned out to be decisive for the rest of the game.
After 3 hours and 24 minutes, Djokovic used his third game point after a backhand slice from Berrettini ended up in the net. (ANP)