Like Federer and Nadal – Djokovic won 20 Grand Slam titles
The top candidate lives up to his role in the sacred garden of Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic shakes a little at first. Now there is one victory missing for making great tennis history.
DrThe long-awaited record now also belongs to Novak Djokovic, and the path to becoming the best tennis player in history is not far away. With his sixth win at Wimbledon, the world number one, like his longtime rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, now holds an astonishing 20 Grand Slam titles. Djokovic had to fight hard in the big sports on Sunday in London before 6:7 (4:7), 6:4, 6:4, 6:3 against Italian junior Matteo Berrettini was perfect.
Djokovic is just two steps away from a truly remarkable achievement for men. If the 34-year-old had won the Olympic gold in Tokyo within three weeks and then won the US Open, he would have taken a slam gold. So far only Steffi Graf has succeeded in 1988. Australian Rod Laver last won the most important four championships in a season in 1969.
Primus is unusually nervous at first
Djokovic initially looked unusually nervous in his 30th Grand Slam final. After the semi-finals, the outstanding player of the year underlined how important the record of rivals Federer and Nadal was to him. Number one in the world made several double mistakes, but Brittney left that unpunished.
Italy was represented in a singles final at Wimbledon for the first time when it was ninth in the world rankings, and its last men’s Grand Slam title was 45 years ago. It looked as if the 1.96m underdog would also have to deal with himself in his biggest match yet.
Djokovic had a set ball at 5-2. But he missed that as well as the chance to get the set at 5:3 with his own serve. Berrettini has now reached the final and already won the tiebreak with a header. But the first player continued to play unaffected after the first deficit since the opening match, and his opponent fell into fouls from the start. It was 5:1 for Djokovic, then he wobbled again, missed three set pieces at 5:3 and eventually tied.
One month after his successful quarter-final duel against Brittany at the French Open, the Belgrade player then made the first break again in the sun and dragged in front of 15,000 spectators on the central court. Djokovic kept that lead as he served hard now, defended well as usual and attacked when possible.
Shank missed the historic junior titles
Djokovic celebrated with a stunning crowd ahead of 3:3 in the fourth set with his index finger outstretched and the crowd clapping gestures. He fired this up with ‘Matthew, Matthew’ calls to the wobbling stranger, who gave Djokovic the break to make the score 4:3 with a double-fault. Then the cries of “Nol, loom” echoed throughout the arena – the nickname of Novak Djokovic, who used this advantage to make a decision.
World number one Ashleigh Barty won the women’s title for the first time on Saturday. The 25-year-old defeated Czech Karolina Pliskova 6:3, 6:7 (4:7), 3:6 and was the first Australian to win since 1980.
German talent Nastasya Schank missed the junior title, losing to Spaniard Ann Menge del Olmo 6:2, 4:6, 1:6 in the final. This would have been the first German junior title at Wimbledon since 1991 (Barbara Rittner) and only the second in the competition’s 74-year history.