Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon to tie Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal’s record 20 major titles.
The 34-year-old Serb beat Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in four sets, meaning he also finished Game 3 to win the Four Slam Golden Slam and an Olympic gold medal in the same year.
Berrettini, who is 6ft 5in, fought well throughout the match, winning the first set before Djokovic struggled to win the remaining three sets and claim his third straight Wimbledon title – and sixth overall .
Djokovic’s 6-7 (4) 6-4 6-4 6-3 success made him the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the first three titles of the year.
When asked if he would go for the Grand Slam schedule, the world number one said: “I’ll give it a shot.”
The game, arguably the most important of his career, was not without nerves for Djokovic as he hit three double faults early on and struggled to elevate his second serve above 80 mph.
But he quickly backed down as the crowd grew more exuberant, with referee Marija Cicak, the first woman to sit on the chair for a men’s singles final at Wimbledon, having to call for silence in the third set as parts of the crowd engaged in a verbal battle speech to support their favorites.
Federer, who retired from Wimbledon after the quarter-final, tweeted his congratulations, saying: “Congratulations Novak on your 20th major. I am proud to have the opportunity to play in a special era of tennis champions. Wonderful performance, well done! “
Several celebrities saw the Serbian join two of the game’s greats, including Tom Cruise and the Duchess of Cambridge who was joined by his father, Michael Middleton, while Prince William missed the opportunity to be able to watch the final of the ‘Euro 2020 at Wembley.
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This notice was published: 2021-07-11 16:12:00