'Novak Djokovic could have beaten Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-3, 6-3,' says Wilander



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'Novak Djokovic could have beaten Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-3, 6-3,' says Wilander

On Sunday, Novak Djokovic claimed the 20th Major title to finally match Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Novak has won eight out of 12 Major crowns in the last three years to dominate the rest of the field and make the GOAT race a one-sided affair.

After conquering the Australian Open and Roland Garros, Djokovic stood as the player to beat at Wimbledon, where he battled for the sixth title in the past ten editions. In the final, Novak beat the first-time Major finalist Matteo Berrettini 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, although he had a chance to seal the deal in straight sets and make his win even more impressive.

Praising the Serb, Mats Wilander said that Novak could have scored a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory, as he wasted a massive advantage in the opener. Despite that, Djokovic stayed calm and won the following three sets in dominant style to become the 20-time Major winner.

Novak got broken twice while he was already in front and stole 40% of the return points that he turned into six breaks from 15 chances. Djokovic had 31 winners and 21 unforced errors and played better when it mattered the most to secure the sixth Wimbledon crown and the third in a row.

The Serb raced into a 5-2 advantage in the opening set before the Italian shifted into a higher gear, saving a set point on serve in the eighth game and pulling the break back. With momentum on his side, Berrettini grabbed the tie break 7-4 with two mini-breaks and stole the opener in 70 minutes.

Novak Djokovic defeated Matteo Berrettini in four sets in the Wimbledon final.

Starting all over, Novak raced into a 5-1 lead in set number two, controlling the pace and serving for it at 5-2. Like the opener, Berrettini broke back to extend the action, rattling off three straight games before Djokovic held at love in game ten with a service winner to wrap up the set and level the overall score.

Both players claimed 28 points in the third set, and Novak took the most important ones to win it 6-4 with a break in game three. The Italian hit a double fault at 3-3 in the fourth set, and there was no way back from there for him.

Returning at 5-3, Novak converted the third match point to seal the deal and celebrate his 20th Major title at 34. "When you look at Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, you say: 'Ok, why not another year or two,' and then after you see Novak, you think: 'Come on, ten more years!" Djokovic is smarter than before.

When Andre Agassi started working with him in 2017, he confided in me all his surprise at seeing how little Novak leaned into the characteristics of his opponent. He placed himself in the machine world, stuck to his line, did not miss and played clean shots.

The margin that Novak Djokovic has over the others is immense. He could have beaten Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. That makes you think about how can he be so dominant on grass without having the serve of Pete Sampras or Roger Federer? I don't believe that Novak got any better on one particular shot; he added strings to his bow instead, especially in his approach to the net.

It's not so much his on-the-fly technique that amazes me as his defense. He knows exactly where to stand and how to move," Mats Wilander said.