By Jagriti Choudhry
The world no 1 Novak Djokovic proved himself yet again by clinching the men’s Wimbledon title. In a four-set battle against the Italian, Matteo Berrettini, Novak won 6-7, 6-4,6-4,6-3 to win the third slam of this year as well.
Djokovic acknowledged his success and said: “I am probably the most complete I have been, and there is no stopping here.”
Novak Djokovic has equaled the record of 20 grand slam titles held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The triumph at Wimbledon was followed by Novak’s famous eating the grass tradition. The Serbian patted the grass before he plucked a strand to chew.
As the match started, Djokovic lead the opening set 5-3, thanks to the early break of serve he secured. Playing his maiden slam finals, Berrettini was able to control his nerves and broke back to push the set to a tie break. Leading 6-4 in the tie break with a set point, Berrettini was able to rise to the occasion and serve a gigantic 138mph ace to seal the set.
The second set saw Djokovic break Berrettini twice and lead 4-1. Novak decided to attack from the net and used slices to set up the points. Berrettini did break Djokovic once but the world no 1 sprinted away with the set.
In the third set, Djokovic broke Berrettini in the second service game. Despite beautifully holding his serve in the following games, Berrettini failed to break the Serbian and lost the third set.
The fourth set was a tight tussle with both players bringing their best game on the court and holding their serves. Berrettini finally failed to hold serve at 30-40 with a double fault and gave a lead to Djokovic.
Rafa and Roger are why I am the player I am today
With a break in hand, and ample experience in his pocket, the 34-year-old Serbian made no mistake to hold his serves and sprint to the finish line. The 2021 Wimbledon is his sixth Wimbledon title and third consecutive slam win at the All England Club.
Speaking about the GOAT (greatest of all time) race between Federer, Nada and himself, Djokovic said: “It means none of us will stop [playing].
“I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger as legends of our sport, the two most important players in my career and why I am the player I am today.
“They made me realise what I needed to improve, mentally, physically, and tactically.”