WIMBLEDON 2021: NOVAK DJOKOVIC BEATS MATTEO BERRETTINI FOR 20TH GRAND SLAM TITLE
The record is now tight with Federer and Nadal
Novak Djokovic won his sixth Wimbledon title to equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's record of 20 men's Grand Slam victories after fighting back to beat Italy's Matteo Berrettini.
Roger Federer also congratulated Novak Djokovic on Twitter. “Congrats Novak on your 20th major. I'm proud to have the opportunity to play in a special era of tennis champions. Wonderful performance, well done!”
Another fellow tennis player, Rafael Nadal, also congratulated Novak on Twitter. “Congrats @DjokerNole on this amazing achievement. 20 Grand Slam titles are huge and it is amazing that we are 3 players tied on this. Well done and, again, congrats to you and your team for this! @Wimbledon”
The 34-year-old Serb won 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4 6-3 in front of a passionate and vocal 15,000 crowd on Centre Court.
Seventh seed Berrettini, 25, received loud backing but could not maintain his advantage in his first major final.
Top seed Djokovic has now won all three Grand Slam men's titles in 2021.
"Winning Wimbledon was always the biggest dream for me when I was a kid," said the world number one, who dropped a set for only the second time in the SW19 fortnight.
"A seven-year-old boy in Serbia constructing a Wimbledon trophy with improvised materials and standing here with a sixth real trophy is incredible. It is amazing."
Having already claimed the Australian Open and French Open, Djokovic is the fifth man in history—and only the second in the Open era after Rod Laver in 1969—to win the first three majors of the season.
Not sure about the Olympic
Speaking to reporters after beating Matteo Berrettini in the grass-court grand slam, Djokovic said the lack of spectators as well as the strict Covid-19 restrictions are weighing on whether he'll participate at Tokyo.
"My plan was always to go to the Olympic Games, but right now I'm a little bit divided," said Djokovic. "It's kind of 50-50 because of what I heard in the last couple of days."
On spectators not being allowed, Djokovic added: "Yeah, that's not great news. That was really disappointing to hear.
"I also hear that there's going to be a lot of restrictions within the [Athletes'] Village. Possibly you would not be able to see other athletes perform live.
"I can't even have my stringer, which is a very important part of my team. I'm limited with the number of people I can take in my team as well."
Olympic with no cheering
The Tokyo Olympic Organisers set a limit of 50% capacity, but the officials said if coronavirus cases rise again, the rules could be changed. However, fans from abroad were already banned a few months ago.
The decision was made as opposition among the Japanese to holding the Games in July remains high. Although, it may have been softening and as new infections in Tokyo have begun to subside. However, the health officials feared that crowds at the Olympics could have driven the COVID-19 cases up in a country where most people have to be vaccinated.#THE S MEDIA #Media Milenial