World No. 1 Novak Djokovic felt a relief after the opening set of the Wimbledon final versus Matteo Berrettini though he lost it. Djokovic, who had one set point on Berrettini's serve in the eighth game, failed to serve out for the opener in the 10th game.
Djokovic paid the price for failing to serve out for the first set as Berrettini stoled the opener in the tie-break. After losing the first set, Djokovic regrouped and routinely won the following three sets to complete a comeback win.
"I have felt more nervous than usual. I felt relief after the first set. Not good that I lost it, but I just wanted to get it over with and to start swinging through the ball," Djokovic said, per Sasa Ozmo. Berrettini has a huge serve and Djokovic knew tackling it would be the key to his win.
"I knew his serve is the biggest obstacle, but once I got into the rallies, I felt like I would have the upper hand," Djokovic said. Djokovic, 34, is feeling as good as ever. "From 15 years ago to today, I’ve improved in every aspect of the game, and the mental side as well.
Highlight of my improvement is ability to cope with pressure," Djokovic said. "Age is just a number, I don’t feel old. I feel that I am as complete a player as I have ever been."
Djokovic extremely confident in himself
"I feel that I am the best, that’s why I talk confidently about winning Slams etc.
GOAT debate is not up to me, and tennis has changed so much over different eras," Djokovic said. Djokovic now has 20 Grand Slam titles in his collection and he has tied Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on the all-time Grand Slam list.
"I probably started believing 2-3 years ago (that he can catch up), I started to realize that I can reach weeks at no. 1 record and Slams," Djokovic said.