Novak Djokovic won his sixth Wimbledon title to equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s record after defeating Italy’s Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4 6-3 in Wimbledon final.
Djokovic has nine titles at the Australian Open, three at the US Open and two at the French Open to equal his two rivals for the most majors won by a man in tennis history.
"When I was a little boy, I used to make the Wimbledon trophy out of materials in my room, imagining I'd be standing here one day"
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 11, 2021
“I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger. They are legends. Legends of our sport. They are the two most important players that I ever faced in my career,” said Djokovic, a 34-year-old from Serbia.
“They are, I think, the reason that I am where I am today. They’ve helped me realise what I need to do in order to improve, to get stronger mentally, physically, tactically.”
“The last 10 years have been an incredible journey that is not stopping here.”
— ATP Tour (@atptour) July 11, 2021
Berrettini did pose a serious threat in Sunday’s Wimbledon final, in part because of his skill on the grass surface and the momentum he had entering this championship match. The No. 9 ranked Berrettini owned an 11-match winning streak on grass courts, including a title at the Queen’s Club last month.
The Italian — who was playing in his first Grand Slam final — came away with the opening set victory in a tiebreaker after saving set point when trailing 5-2.
Playing in his first grand slam final, Berrettini buckled in the fourth set as a double fault handed Djokovic the break and, after three hours and 23 minutes, the Serbian completed his historic 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 victory.
“I’m really happy with the final and hopefully it will not be my last one here or my last one in a Slam,” said Berrettini.
“I’m so honoured to be here and it’s been a really great run for two weeks.
“Also with [winning] Queen’s, I could not ask for more, well, maybe, a bit more.”