Tennis star Novak Djokovic beat Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon 2021 men’s final on Sunday, tying the all-time men’s record for most Grand Slam tournaments won.
Djokovic, 34, won the match against Italy’s Berrettini, 25, to clinch his 20th Grand Slam singles title. The victory ties him to fellow tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who have also won 20 Grand Slam singles titles.
After resisting Berrettini in four sets, Sunday’s victory was the Serbian tennis star’s sixth title at Wimbledon.
Djokovic lay down on the ground after Berrettini touched the net at the last moment of the game as the crowd roared around him. After the game, the couple shook hands and briefly kissed.
Djokovic congratulated Berrettini and called him “the Italian hammer”. Then he recalled 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, when he was 7 years old. in Serbia he made his own Wimbledon trophy, because he imagined winning the real one one day.
“Today with the sixth Wimbledon it’s incredible. Incredible,” he said.
Djokovic has said that now that Federer and Nadal are tied for most men’s Grand Slam titles, he expects the three to continue competing until one of them wins the most. of titles.
“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”, a- he declared.
Earlier this year, Djokovic won his 19th Grand Slam title at the 2021 French Open in June and his 18th at the Australian Open in February. He is also considered the defending Wimbledon champion, winning the Grand Slam in 2019 against Roger Federer.
Wimbledon did not take place in 2020 due to Covid-19.
Djokovic had already beaten Berrettini in a match at Roland Garros.
On the way to the final match, Berrettini beat Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, who had previously beaten Federer. Djokovic beat Denis Shapovalov of Canada to advance to the final.
Berrettini’s appearance in the last game at Wimbledon was the first for any Italian person, male or female, according to The Guardian.
He has yet to win his first Grand Slam.