Serbian Novak Djokovic is worried about Italian Matteo Berrettini, especially as the two are waiting to write a new history, when they meet in the Wimbledon tennis final on Sunday.
Djokovic is playing the biggest match of his career, especially since winning it would equal the record set by the Swiss duo Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, in terms of the number of times he won the four Grand Slam titles, with each winning 20 titles.
He would also become the first player to win the first three major slam titles of the year, since Rod Laver did so in 1969, and maintain his chances of equaling the Australian player’s record by winning all four major slams in one year.
The world number one showed once again in his semi-final match, which he beat Denis Shapovalov, that when the time comes to win the decisive points in a match, he is unmatched.
But this potential big date, even for someone as mentally strong as Djokovic, is hard to bear, especially when he faces the best player of the grasscourt season, Italian Berrettini.
Meanwhile, Djokovic told the Serbian press after his victory on Friday that he had a stomach problem. Djokovic said of Berrettini: “With his big serve and forehand, he can play well, which he has proven, on any pitch.
He added: We faced each other in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, and it was a very difficult match that ended after four sets. Berrettini, 25, entered Wimbledon as one of the contenders for the title, after winning the Queen’s Club Championship, and also won his last 11 matches.
To extend his winning streak, he will have to achieve something that no player has achieved in the last five years except Nadal: defeating Djokovic in a Grand Prix final.
While Federer and Nadal’s dominance has faded, Djokovic, barring his exit from the last US Open, remains the last man to stop the younger generation from winning major titles.
Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the two Grand Slam tournaments, which were held this world, and he will look to include Berrettini for this list.
The Italian player maintained his calm throughout the tournament, and he must try to maintain this calm, especially as he seeks to be the first Italian player to win Wimbledon in singles competitions.
He said: “I am very happy with everything, my year started in a good way, then I was injured again, but I came back stronger, I think I deserved to be here, I want to enjoy my first final.”
He stressed: “Obviously the work is not finished yet, I want to win the cup as long as I get here, but it is an unbelievable feeling.”