The first Grand Slam final for Matteo Berrettini was not bad at all. The 25-year-old Italian tennis player, current world number 9, ended up suffering the same fate as the rest of his NextGen teammates every time he faced Novak Djokovic in a final.
Berrettini, who missed the advantage of winning the first set, spoke after his defeat in the Wimbledon final. Following the standing ovation he received from the crowd on center court at the All England Club, he gave his first words.
“I am with mixed feelings, so much so that it is very difficult to contain them. Congratulations to Novak for this great triumph, he is writing history on this field and deserves all the credit for achieving it”, acknowledged Berrettini.
On what his first experience in a Grand Slam final meant, he said: “I'm happy to have reached the final, I hope it is not my last chance to win a GS. It is an honor to be here, I feel incredible, it was two great weeks for me.
Maybe I could have done a little more”. “I want to congratulate the Novak team and family, they did very well. It has been a long road, we believe that it is not the end for us either. I hope this is the start of a great career, together with my team and family, without them this could not have been possible.
Thank you, thank you all very much,” he added. This is how Matteo Berrettini said goodbye to the best participation he had in a Grand Slam, with six victories and a decorous defeat in the 2021 Wimbledon final.
Djokovic has already won three Grand Slams in the year
World No.1 Novak Djokovic defeated World No.9 Matteo Berrettini to clinch the Wimbledon Championships 2021 title.
This is his 20th Grand Slam title and with this, he has now equalized Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam tally. “I could definitely envision that happening,” said Djokovic in the interview. With the way he is playing, nothing seems impossible for Nole.
Therefore, there is a high probability that fans might watch him lift the US Open 2021 title as well. “I’ll definitely give it a shot,” added the 20-time Grand Slam champion. Novak Djokovic is surely on the verge of becoming the greatest tennis player of all time.
Even though some fans have started calling him that already, he can accomplish many more things even now. It’ll be intriguing to see if he succeeds at the US Open 2021 or not. Will he be able to end his career with the most number of Grand Slam titles? It was the sixth time when Djokovic has played at least three Grand Slam finals in a single year.
It is a record in itself as he surpassed Roger Federer in this incredible feat. He can surpass him and Rafael Nadal in yet another record if he completes the Calendar Grand Slam this year- which none of them have ever achieved in their professional careers so far.