Djokovic: 'I have to pay a great tribute to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal'

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Djokovic: 'I have to pay a great tribute to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal'

Third title in a row at Wimbledon, third Grand Slam of the year, 20 in total. He is Novak Djokovic, who has conquered the Cathedral of tennis for the sixth time. We could rely on the numbers to explain the greatness of Novak Djokovic.

He talks about the sixth roar in the Championship or the conquest of the 20th Grand Slam. It would probably be the most effective (and obviously the simplest) method of highlighting reality. The Serbian has made history. Novak Djokovic joined Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in 20 major titles after a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 win over Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final.

The meeting lasted three hours and 23 minutes, and the Serbian emerged at the top with a consistent performance at the crucial points, as so many times before in the previous decade. Competing in his first Major final, Berrettini made a remarkable comeback in the first set and put his best foot forward for the remainder of the clash, only to fall in four sets and propel Djokovic to tennis glory.

Mastering his punches well, Novak lost serve twice and produced six breaks that took him to the top and the sixth Wimbledon trophy in the last ten editions. The first set lasted 70 minutes, and Novak squandered a 5-2 lead and one set point to lose in the tie break.

They both scored a break, and Matteo rallied after a slow start to steal the set in the tiebreaker and gain huge momentum before the rest of the clash. Djokovic saved a break point in the first game with a booming serve and held it after two-two to avoid an early setback.

With a 1-2 serve, Berrettini fended off a break opportunity with a winning serve before Djokovic converted second after an opponent's forehand error to open a 3-1 lead. Novak produced two good disgusting at-bats in games five and seven to find himself 5-2 up and one step away from clinching the set.

Game eight turned into a real marathon, with Berrettini fending off a break point and taking him home after eight deuces to stay alive and gain momentum. Matteo regained the break late in the ninth game with a forehand at the net and held on after deuce at 5-6 to force a tiebreaker.

The Italian grabbed a mini-break in the eighth point to forge the lead and sealed the set with an ace at 6-4. Starting over, Novak delivered three comfortable serving turns at the start of the second set and two early breaks for a 5-1 lead in no time.

Matteo retired a break in the eighth game and fended off set points in the next to get close to Novak. With no room for mistakes, Djokovic was zero in the 10th game with a winning serve to end the set and make things more relaxed for him.

Both players claimed 28 points in the third set, and Novak secured the most essential to take it 6-4 and get closer to the finish line and the 20th Major crown. He broke Berrettini in the third game and survived two breakthrough opportunities at 3-2 to stay in front.

Serving for the set at 5-4, Djokovic held on at 30 after Berrettini's forehand error, celebrating and taking another big step towards the trophy. The Italian double faulted at 3-3 in the fourth set, and it was one of the crucial moments of the entire final.

Novak confirmed the lead with his serve in game eight and earned a match point on return in the next. Matteo saved him with a winning volley and erased another with a forehand down the line to stay alive. Novak converted the third match point to seal the deal, defend the title and make history.

Novak Djokovic has won his sixth Wimbledon Championship

Novak Djokovic has created history by winning the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. He clinched his 20th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, as the Serb beat Matteo Berrettini 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.

Novak showed great respect for Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the post-match on court interview. The man has been breaking and creating records since the beginning of the year. He showed great respect for Federer and Nadal at his post-match on court interview.

“I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger. They are legends of our sport and the two most important players I faced in my career. They’re the reason I am where I am today,” said Djokovic in his interview.

A great athlete is one who respects his opponents and rivals, in times of success as well as failure. The World No.1 will be going to Tokyo for his next title, as he aims an Olympic Gold medal in his quest for success.