ATP Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic downs Berrettini to match Federer and Nadal

Novak Djokovic joined Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on 20 Major titles following a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final! The encounter lasted for three hours and 23 minutes, and the Serb emerged at the top with a steady performance in the crucial points, as many times before in the previous decade. Competing in his first Major final, Berrettini made a remarkable comeback in the opening set and gave his best in the rest of the clash, only to fall in four sets and propel Djokovic towards tennis glory. Taming his strokes nicely, Novak lost serve twice and produced six breaks that carried him over the top and towards the sixth Wimbledon trophy in the past ten editions. The opening set lasted for 70 minutes, and Novak wasted a 5-2 advantage and a set point to lose it in the tie break. They both scored one break, and Matteo bounced back after a slow start to steal the set in the breaker and earn a massive boost ahead of the rest of the clash.

Djokovic saved a break point in the first game with a booming serve and held after two deuces to avoid an early setback. Serving at 1-2, Berrettini fended off a break chance with a service winner before Djokovic converted the second following his opponent’s forehand mistake to open a 3-1 advantage. Novak produced two fine holds in games five and seven to find himself 5-2 up and one step away from clinching the set. The eighth game turned into an actual marathon, with Berrettini fending off a set point and bringing it home after eight deuces to stay alive and gain a boost.

Novak Djokovic became the third player with 20 Major titles.

Matteo pulled the break back in the very last moment in the ninth game with a forehand winner at the net and held after deuce at 5-6 to force a tie break. The Italian grabbed a mini-break in the eighth point to forge the advantage and sealed the set with an ace at 6-4. Starting all over, Novak delivered three comfortable holds at the beginning of the second set and two early breaks for a massive 5-1 lead in no time.

Matteo pulled one break back in game eight and fended off set points in the next one to move closer to Novak. With no room for errors, Djokovic held at love in game ten with a service winner to wrap up the set and make things more relaxed for him. Both players claimed 28 points in the third set, and Novak secured the most essential ones to take it 6-4 and move closer to the finish line and the 20th Major crown. He broke Berrettini in the third game and survived two break chances at 3-2 to remain in front. Serving for the set at 5-4, Djokovic held at 30 following Berrettini’s forehand error, celebrating and taking another big step towards the trophy. The Italian hit a double fault at 3-3 in the fourth set, and it was one of the pivotal moments of the entire final. Novak confirmed the advantage with a hold in game eight and earned a match point on the return in the next one. Matteo saved it with a volley winner and erased another with a forehand down the line winner to stay alive. Novak converted the third match point to seal the deal, defend the title and write history books.