WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Novak Djokovic beat Matteo Berrettini on Sunday, claiming his 6th Wimbledon title.
- That makes it his 20th Grand Slam title, tying him with tennis legends Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
- He beat Matteo Berrettini (4)6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
Novak Djokovic has tied with tennis legends Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for the most Grand Slam titles after winning his sixth Wimbledon title and 20th Grand Slam title on Sunday.
He triumphed over Matteo Berrettini (4)6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
It was not an easy fight, however. The first set lasted 70 minutes. Berrettini had several chances to outplay Djokovic early on, but he hit balls into the net and sent shots long and wide. After falling 5-2, he won six of the next seven games. He tied the set at 6, then won the tiebreak and the first set.
The second set quickly saw Berrettini down 4-0. Still, he won four of the next five games. One more win will lead to another tie. But Djokovic fought back hard and won the set without letting Berrettini score a single point in the final game.
Djokovic and Berrettini pulled in the crowd as they traded games in the third set. As fans cheered them on, both players gave a good fight. Eventually, Djokovic’s win seemed inevitable as he constantly outthought his opponent. Berrettini was almost out of breath by the end of the third set. Djokovic got within one set of his 20th Grand Slam win.
Djokovic was 11-0 going up 2-1 in the Grand Slam finals on Sunday. The number went up to 12 against Berrettini, who still gave his all in the fourth set. He went up 3-2 but Djokovic seized control again and won the set and the match.
Djokovic later acknowledged Berrettini for giving him “more than a battle.” He also thanked Federer and Nadal for challenging him to constantly improve himself mentally and physically.
He shared the significance of his landmark win, recalling how he crafted his own Wimbledon trophy in his bedroom as a 7-year-old boy.
Djokovic is now within reach of the calendar Grand Slam, which has only been won once in the Open Era. There’s also the possibility of the very rare Golden Slam, which is all four Grand Slams and an Olympic gold medal in one calendar year — a feat that has only been accomplished by Steffi Graf.
Source: Yahoo! Sports