20 slums!Djokovic faces Federer and Nadal at Wimbledon

Wimbledon, England — Novak Djokovic won his 20th Grand Slam title on Sunday, joining Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to beat Matteo Berrettini 6–7 (4), 6–4, 6–4 in the Wimbledon final. , 6–3 defeated.

Djokovic, ranked number one, won the All England Club Championship for the third consecutive year and finished sixth overall.

In addition to nine titles at the Australian Open, three at the US Open and two at the French Open, it is comparable to the two most major tennis rivals in history.

“I need to pay a great deal of respect to Rafa and Roger. They are legends. Our sports legend. They are the two most important players I have ever faced.” 34-year-old Djokovic from Serbia said. “They think that’s why I’m here today. They helped me understand what I needed to do to improve and be mentally, physically and tactically stronger. It was. “

Federer tweeted a congratulatory message shortly after the match, saying, “Great performance, well done!”

Djokovic is the only man to win the first three major tournaments of the season since Rod Laver in 1969. He can aim for a calendar year’s Grand Slam (the last thing a man achieved when Labor did it 52 years ago) at the US Open starting August 30th.

“I want. I’m definitely going to give it a try,” Djokovic told the center court crowd during the trophy presentation. “I’m in great shape, playing clearly well, and playing the best tennis in Grand Slam is the number one priority I have right now at this stage of my career. Let’s continue. . “

Novak Djokovic in Serbia collapses when celebrating after defeating Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the men’s singles final on the 13th day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, England on July 11, 2021. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP photo)

This was his 30th major final and only Federer played 31 or more of the men. And it was the first final for 25-year-old Berrettini from Italy, who was seeded in 7th place.

“Hopefully it won’t be my last,” Berrettini said.

It was a big sports day in London for the Italians. Their national football team played England at Wembley Stadium in the evening European Championship final.

Played on the center court, moderated by Marija Cicak, with the unusual appearance of the sun during the two weeks and the visibility of the sky between the clouds.

The opening game featured edgy signs from both, especially Djokovic, where both winners were zero, while a pair of two faults caused half a dozen unforced errors. have become. He faced a break point, but it was Djokovic who stiffened and stayed there, overcoming Berrettini’s speedy serve, as with all sets.

Berrettini won the best 101 ace in the tournament, where his game was built. With free points from Saab and a quick strike forehand, he earned the nickname “Hammer”.

Those powerful strokes sent a distorted line judge to keep their heads away from harm. Djokovic occasionally hid himself, bent over and lifted his racket, as if it were a shield blocking a serve directed at his body.

Not many opponents returned a serve at 137 mph and eventually scored points, but Djokovic did it at least twice. And a large ground stroke that allowed Berrettini with a 6-foot-5 barrel chest to overtake most other players continued to return from Djokovic’s racket.

Matteo Berrettini of Italy will return to Novak Djokovic in Serbia in the men’s singles final on the 13th day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, England on July 11, 2021. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP photo)

That’s what Djokovic is doing. He forces his enemies to work hard to win every point, not to mention games, sets and matches.

Indeed, this finished much earlier than the four sets and could have lasted nearly three and a half hours. Djokovic took the lead 4–1 in the first set, 4–0 in the second set and 3-1 in the third set. But at first, in particular, he was upset in a rare way, wasting a setting on 5–2 and broke when he offered it on 5–3.

Subsequent tiebreakers drew three points, but Berrettini scored three of the following four points in the forehand, closing at 138 mph.

He was careful about switching, and many of the nearly 15,000 spectators stood up to celebrate with him.

“Mateo!” Chant It rang early in the third set. Immediately, others answered with Djokovic’s nickname “Nole!”. Later in the set, Djokovic put his racket on his ear and moved for further support.

But Djokovic has nothing, if not a fighter, and he slowed Berrettini’s best efforts and fans won. After that, Djokovic sat down on the grass, spread his arms and legs, and cheered the fans.

There were some magical moments, points that included brilliance by both.

For one thing, Berrettini somehow came up with Djokovic, who himself chased back to the court to flick the response, back to the net, Rob between his legs, but it ended up on the net.

In another 15-stroke match, Djokovic slipped into a defensive backhand to maintain points, and Berrettini sprinted for the winner after responding with a drop shot. Djokovic raised his index finger and Berrettini turned the racket over, caught it and smiled, as if to remind everyone, “I’m number one!”

What can he do anymore?

There seems to be little that anyone can do with Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after scoring points against Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the 13th day men’s singles final of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, England on July 11, 2021. .. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP photo)

He has collected eight of the last twelve major trophies. All by men who are over the age of 30 most often.

And when asked all the recent questions about when the younger generation would stop and move forward in Big Three, Djokovic turned out to keep children away on his own.

In three majors this year, he is 21–0. In the final, he defeated a trio of 20s who ranked in the top 10 of ATP. 25-year-old Daniil Medvedev on the Australian Open hard coat and 22-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas on the French Open red clay. And now Berrettini on the lawn.

“He writes the history of this sport, so he deserves all his work,” Berrettini said.

On Sunday, Djokovic only made 21 unforced errors while gathering 21 winners. He limited Berrettini to 16 ace.

Djokovic’s return is better than ever. His two-handed backhand is such a threat. His ability to predict and track shots from the other side of the net frustrates his opponents. A perfect baseline wizard, he can also play online. Djokovic scored 34 out of 48 points as he advanced on Sunday. This was a 7-9 win in serve and volley.

But for all of that, what makes him stand out above all is the untraceable quality of the statistics.

When the moment is most important, tension and heart rate spike. The mind and body can be locked. It’s just human nature. Djokovic is somehow impervious to such things. Or at least play as if he were.

Maybe that’s all of his experience in such a situation. Maybe that’s all the accumulated know-how.

Maybe going with all of his enviable talent and relentless hard work is an enviable combination of grit and guts.

Remember that Djokovic faced two championship points against Federer in the 2019 Wimbledon Final. Or, he dragged two sets in two games at the French Open and returned to five wins, including the final.

So far, in addition to 10 years of success, it has been a year of Djokovic domination.

“The last decade has been a great journey,” he said, “it doesn’t stop here.”

Howard Fendrich

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