The world No.1 joins Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 profession grand slams, cementing himself as one of many best gamers within the historical past of the game.
After a nervy begin, Djokovic recovered to win 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4 6-3 towards his Italian opponent and clinch his sixth Wimbledon title.
Having already received the Australian Open and French Open this yr, he wants the Olympic gold medal and US Open title to develop into the primary man to ever win a Golden Slam.
“That was greater than a battle. I’d first like to increase my congratulations to Matteo, his household and his workforce for a improbable match. It was a troublesome match right now,” Djokovic stated in his on-court interview. “From a 7-year-old boy in Serbia setting up a Wimbledon tennis trophy from improvised supplies I discovered in my room to standing right here right now with my sixth Wimbledon. It’s unbelievable.”
Berrettini, enjoying in his first grand slam closing, might have been forgiven for being nervous, but it surely was the veteran Djokovic who regarded extra shaky at the beginning.
The 34-year-old began the match with a double fault earlier than surviving a break-point in his first service recreation.
Berrettini, bidding to develop into the primary Italian winner of a Wimbledon singles title, regarded to depend on his highly effective serve and booming forehand to settle himself into the match however was damaged by Djokovic in his second service recreation.
The Italian then started struggling for kind, lacking a few simple pictures, however found his rhythm simply in time, breaking again towards Djokovic as he was serving for the set.
The mini-victory appeared to provide Berrettini a lift and momentum swung in his favor as the gang bought behind the underdog.
The opening set went right into a nail-biting tie-break which Berrettini sealed with an emphatic ace.
It was clear Djokovic wanted to up his recreation, and that is precisely what he did within the second set, breaking the Italian’s serve twice in his first two makes an attempt.
Berrettini did not go away, although, as soon as once more breaking again when Djokovic was serving for the set, however the Serbian dug deep to degree the match.
The third set was extra like the ultimate many had anticipated, with each males producing great tennis a lot to the delight of the packed stands on Centre Court.
But after an early break, Djokovic as soon as once more held on to take a 2-1 lead within the closing.
Berrettini continued to place stress on Djokovic within the closing set of the match however the nice champion’s expertise started to repay. He dramatically decreased his unforced errors and, as has all the time been the case, he discovered a method to win the large factors.
“For certain, Novak was higher than me. He is a good champion. He’s writing the historical past of the game so he deserves all of the credit score,” Berrettini stated throughout his on-court interview. “I’m actually proud of the ultimate. Hopefully it will not be my final one right here or final one normally. It’s an unbelievable feeling.”
In his present kind, it appears only a matter of time earlier than Djokovic overtakes Federer and Nadal’s grand slam haul, however the Serbian paid tribute to the 2 legends of the boys’s recreation.
“They are legends of our sport and they’re the 2 most vital gamers that I’ve ever confronted in my profession,” he stated. “They are the rationale I’m the place I’m right now. They helped me understand what I must do to enhance and get stronger.”
Djokovic will now head to Tokyo to compete on the Olympics earlier than heading to the US Open.