Novak Djokovic wins sixth Wimbledon crown for record-tying 20th Grand Slam

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Novak Djokovic tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal by claiming his 20th Grand Slam title Sunday, coming again to beat Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 within the Wimbledon remaining.

The No. 1 -ranked Djokovic earned a 3rd consecutive championship on the All England Club and sixth general.

He provides that to 9 titles on the Australian Open, three on the U.S. Open and two on the French Open to equal his two rivals for probably the most majors gained by a person in tennis historical past.

The 34-year-old from Serbia is now the one man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the primary three main tournaments in a season. He can goal for a calendar-year Grand Slam — one thing final achieved by a person when Laver did it 52 years in the past — on the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 30.

This was Djokovic’s thirtieth main remaining — amongst males, solely Federer has performed extra, 31 — and the primary for Berrettini, a 25-year-old from Italy who was seeded No. 7.

It was a giant sporting day in London for Italians: Their nationwide soccer workforce confronted England at Wembley Stadium within the European Championship remaining at evening.

With Marija Cicak officiating, the primary feminine chair umpire for a males’s remaining at a match that started in 1877, play started at Centre Court because the solar made a uncommon look in the course of the fortnight, the sky seen in between the clouds.

The opening recreation featured indicators of edginess from each, however particularly Djokovic, whose pair of double-faults contributed to the half-dozen mixed unforced errors, in contrast with zero winners for both. He confronted a break level however steadied himself and held there and, as was the case with each set, it was Djokovic who took the lead by getting by way of on Berrettini’s speedy serve.

Berrettini got here in with a tournament-high 101 aces and that’s the place his recreation is constructed: free factors off the serve and quick-strike forehands that earned him the nickname “Hammer.”

Those highly effective strokes despatched line judges contorting to get their head out of hurt’s method. Djokovic sometimes took cowl himself, crouching and elevating his racket as if it have been a protect to dam again serves aimed toward his physique.

Not many opponents return serves at 137 mph and find yourself profitable the purpose, however Djokovic did that a minimum of twice. And the large groundstrokes that the 6-foot-5, barrel-chested Berrettini can drive previous most different gamers saved coming again off Djokovic’s racket.

That’s what Djokovic does: He simply forces foes to work so exhausting to win each level, not to mention a recreation, a set, a match.

Indeed, this one might have been over a lot sooner: Djokovic took leads of 4-1 within the first set, 4-0 within the second and 3-1 within the third. But within the first, particularly, he faltered in methods he hardly ever does, losing a set level and getting damaged when he served for it at 5-3.

In the following tiebreaker, they have been tied at 3-all, however Berrettini gained three of the following 4 factors with forehands, and closed it out with a 138 mph ace.

He strutted to the changeover and plenty of within the full home of almost 15,000 rose to have a good time together with him.

But Djokovic is nothing if not a fighter — he turned issues round from two units down within the French Open remaining final month — and he labored his method again into this one, which ended with Djokovic on his again on the court docket, basking within the crowd’s cheers.

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