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20th Grand Slam title for Novak Djokovic

The Serb and world number one won against the Italian Matteo Berrettini with 6:7 (4:7), 6:4, 6:4 and 6:3. Berrettini is the first Italian ever to reach the Wimbledon final.

It was a historic day, with two mega sports events taking place on the same day in London. The male Wimbledon finale as well as the EURO Cup final Italy vs England. Another novelty taking place was the Wimbledon organisers also introduced an update. For the first time, a  woman officiated the men’s final at the All England Club, Croatian referee Marija Cicak.

Both players had a high error rate initially and only slowly managed to get that under control in front of 15,000 spectators. Djokovic started his seventh Wimbledon final with a double fault, and two more were to follow quickly. Berrettini got better and better into the match with his cracking serve and strong forehand and turned the first set around after trailing 2:5. Djokovic was not impressed by being behind and produced two quick breaks. This time the world number one also fended off Berrettini’s renewed surge with aplomb. Djokovic showed the crowd why he is the best return player. Berrettini surrendered serve early in the third set. Novak showed strong nerves and took the decisive 2-1 lead in the set.

Berrettini continued to fight tirelessly, but it was not enough against Djokovic.

With his 20th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, Novak equals the record-holders Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Novak could even win the Golden Slam if he wins at the US Open and the Olympics. However, he has not made his final decision if he is going to travel to Tokyo at this stage.

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