Novak Djokovic, the Serbian tennis genius, guaranteed his twentieth Huge homerun title with a dig out from a deficit triumph over Italian Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon last on Sunday.
The world number one displayed an exceptional level of tennis, recovering from a one-set deficit to win 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in three hours and 24 minutes.
With this triumph, Djokovic has now paired the unequalled record for Huge home run titles, mutually held by his most outstanding adversaries Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Djokovic has also won three Grand Slam titles in 2021 alone, having already won the Australian Open and French Open earlier this year.
The match was a tightly contested affair, with Berrettini proving to be a worthy opponent in his first Grand Slam final. The Italian started off very well, breaking Djokovic’s serve in the initial round of the match.
However, Djokovic bounced back and broke Berrettini’s serve to level the set at 3-3. The set eventually went to a tie-breaker, which Berrettini won comfortably 7-4.
The second set saw Djokovic raise his game to a new level, and he broke Berrettini’s serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. He held on to his serve in the next game to level the match at one set all.
The third set followed a similar pattern, with Djokovic breaking Berrettini’s serve in the seventh game and holding on to his own serve to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The fourth set saw Djokovic take complete control, breaking Berrettini’s serve twice and winning the set 6-3 to claim his sixth Wimbledon title and his 20th Grand Slam title overall. Djokovic was in sublime form throughout the match, hitting 20 aces and 51 winners, while Berrettini managed 16 aces and 40 winners.
After the match, Djokovic communicated his joy at equalling the untouched record for Huge homerun titles. “It means none of us three will stop. Roger and Rafa are legends, they are the reason I am where I am today. They showed me how I expected to get more grounded, truly, strategically and intellectually,” he said.
Djokovic also thanked the fans for their help throughout the competition. “I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger, they are legends of our sport and the two most important players I have faced in my career. They are the explanation I am where I’m today.
They have assisted me with acknowledging what I really want to do to improve, to get more grounded intellectually, truly and strategically,” he added.
The triumph concretes Djokovic’s status as one of the best players ever, and he will currently direct his concentration toward the US Open, which begins in August.
Djokovic will be looking to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam by winning the tournament, having already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year.
All in all, Novak Djokovic’s triumph at Wimbledon has raised him to the situation with an unsurpassed extraordinary, having now paired the record for Huge homerun titles.
His performance in the final was exemplary, and he fully deserved the victory over a tough opponent in Matteo Berrettini. The tennis world now eagerly awaits the US Open, where Djokovic will be looking to achieve a calendar-year Grand Slam.