Novak Djokovic defeated Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon 2021 men’s final on Sunday, tying the men’s record for most Grand Slam tennis wins.
Djokovic, 34, of Serbia, beat Berrettini, 25, of Italy, to win his 20th Grand Slam singles title. The victory ties him to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who also won 20 Grand Slam singles events.
Djokovic beat Berrettini in four sets for his sixth Wimbledon title. He slumped to the ground after Berrettini hit the net on the last point as the crowd roared around him. After the game, the couple shook hands and briefly kissed.
Djokovic praised Berrettini, calling him “the Italian hammer”. Then he remembered his own childhood dreams of Wimbledon.
“Winning Wimbledon was always one of my biggest dreams as a kid.… I have to remember how special it is and not take it for granted,” Djokovic said, recalling how, at the age of 7 in Serbia. , he made his own Wimbledon trophy by imagining one day winning the real one.
“Today with the sixth Wimbledon it’s incredible. Incredible,” he said.
Djokovic has said that now that he, Federer and Nadal are tied for most men’s Grand Slam titles, he expects them to continue competing until one emerges. on your mind.
“They are legends of our sport, and they are the two most important players I have ever faced in my career. They are, I think, the reason why I am where I am today,” said he declared.
Djokovic won his 19th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in June and his 18th at the Australian Open in February. He is also considered the defending Wimbledon champion, having won the event in 2019 against Roger Federer.
Wimbledon did not take place last year because of the Covid-19.
Djokovic had already beaten Berrettini at Roland Garros.
On his way to the final, Berrettini beat Pole Hubert Hurkacz. Djokovic beat Denis Shapovalov of Canada to get there.
Berrettini’s appearance in the final at Wimbledon was the first by an Italian, male or female, The Guardian reported. He has yet to win his first Grand Slam tournament.