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Djokovic Wins Wimbledon, Tying Federer and Nadal With 20 Major Titles

WIMBLEDON, England—Novak Djokovic has put in his entire expert profession chasing two gentlemen he was hardly ever intended to catch. 

For far more than a 10 years, the struggle for all-time men’s tennis supremacy appeared to be a race in between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. They experienced taken head commences, profitable Grand Slams whilst he was nonetheless a junior. Djokovic could only do his very best to make up ground.

On Sunday, that chase arrived to an stop. With his sixth Wimbledon championship, Novak Djokovic delivered a seismic second in the background of men’s tennis and pulled level with Federer and Nadal on a men’s report 20 significant titles. And with the 34-year-outdated poised to sweep up more as the most dominant participant in the match, he is in the midst of rewriting tennis record each individual several months: it turns out that the Federer-Nadal era may have been mere prologue to the Djokovic dynasty.

By beating Matteo Berrettini of Italy, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, Djokovic also cleared one more hurdle in his quest to entire a sweep of all 4 majors additionally Olympic gold in a one calendar year, identified as a Golden Slam. The world’s No. 1 participant has now checked a few of the five containers, soon after also profitable in Melbourne and Paris, and is on system to turn out to be the initial participant to pull it off considering the fact that Steffi Graf in 1988. But Djokovic did cast some doubt over his excursion to Tokyo immediately after the match, citing considerations all over Covid-19 scenario quantities in Japan.

“Right now I’m a small little bit divided,” he mentioned. “It’s type of 50/50 mainly because of what I heard in the final couple days.”

As he does in most locations, Djokovic faced a group on Sunday that was mostly supporting his opponent. The admirers at Wimbledon experienced no dilemma cheering on an Italian for the afternoon, even if most of them would be rooting from Italy’s nationwide soccer group when it confronted England in the Euro 2020 closing later in the evening.

“I have an understanding of that most of the folks, they want underdogs to acquire in most of the conditions,” Djokovic stated earlier in the event. “You just have to offer with that, settle for it.”

But no subject who stands across the court from him, Djokovic understands that he’s also staring down heritage. That he expended his complete vocation battling through the Federer-Nadal era only would make his achievements a lot more extraordinary. When Djokovic won his important, at the Australian Open in 2008, Federer experienced by now racked up 12 Slams and Nadal had taken 3. 

But year after 12 months, Djokovic saved chipping absent at their lead with the regularity of an atomic clock. He has only finished a time without the need of including to his significant tally once more than the past 10 years. And ever because leaving the French Open with the trophy past month, having knocked off Nadal on clay in the semifinals, Djokovic was the distinct beloved to repeat the trick below.

Berrettini, ranked No. 9 in the entire world, has been 1 of the stronger gamers of this grass-courtroom period, profitable the Queen’s Club tune-up match. He turned out to be the excellent opponent to consider on a a little bit-underneath-best Djokovic—at least for an hour. With a belting forehand and a gigantic serve, Berrettini took the initial set, anything no other opponent experienced performed to Djokovic because his opening match in this article just about two weeks ago.

But Djokovic’s position as the most relentless defender in men’s tennis historical past is no extended in question. He comes again a lot more reliably than a 5 o’clock shadow. In advance of Sunday, Djokovic had trailed in two of his prior 4 Grand Slam finals. And he nevertheless won them all. 

Novak Djokovic celebrates just after beating Matteo Berrettini.



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The frightening point for his rivals is that Djokovic has the highest opportunity to increase extra. 

Djokovic is much healthier than the 39-calendar year-previous Federer (who dropped at Wimbledon in the quarterfinals) and far more adaptable than the 35-year-outdated Nadal (who has only gained just one Slam away from clay courts in the previous 3 yrs and pulled out of Wimbledon).

Djokovic will now vacation to Tokyo for the Olympic Game titles, wherever he will stand for Serbia and try to improve on his bronze medal from 2008. And later on this summertime, the main hunt will resume in New York. 

Must Djokovic choose up Slam No. 21 at the U.S. Open, he may well hardly ever look again. 

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