Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini showed his respect for Novak Djokovic after the Wimbledon as he called the Serb a "great champion" and said the world No. 1 deserved the win. Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, recovered from a set down to beat Berrettini 6-7 (4) 6-4 6-4 6-3 to win his sixth Wimbledon final.
“Novak was better than me, as he is a great champion,” said Berrettini, per the ATP website. “He is right in the history of the sport and he deserves all the plaudits. I hope it’s not my last Grand Slam final.
It’s such an honour to be here and it’s been a really great run the past couple of weeks and also at The Queen’s Club”. Djokovic dreamed of winning Wimbledon as a kid and now he has six titles at The Championships.
“It was more than a battle,” said Djokovic. “Winning Wimbledon was always the biggest dream of mine as a child. I know how special this is and I don’t want to take this for granted. I was a seven year old boy in Serbia, constructing a Wimbledon tennis trophy with improvised materials in my bedroom and now I am standing here with six titles.
Djokovic wins Grand Slam title No. 20
Djokovic tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time Grand Slam list with 20 Majors captured. “It means none of us will stop [playing]. I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger as legends of our sport, the two most important players in my career and why I am the player I am today.
They made me realise what I needed to improve, mentally, physically and tactically," Djokovic said, when asked what it means to win a Grand Slam title No. 20. "When I first broke into the Top 10, for three or four years, I lost most of the big matches against these guys and something shifted at the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011. The past 10 years have been an incredible journey and it’s not stopping here”.