Novak Djokovic def Matteo Berrettini; tribute to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, rating, response, outcome

Novak Djokovic fell on his again, picked himself up and mentioned he can envisage finishing the Grand Slam sweep this yr with the US Open.

The 34-year-old Serb had proven all his battling qualities and psychological energy to come back from a set down and beat Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 for a file equalling twentieth Grand Slam and sixth Wimbledon crown on Sunday.

He joins nice rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 majors. It additionally stored him on track to develop into solely the third man to finish the calendar Slam after Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969).

“I may positively envisage that taking place and I hope I’ll give it a shot,” mentioned Djokovic after receiving the trophy.

“I’m in nice type and performed nicely and having my greatest type at Grand Slams is my primary precedence.”

The profitable second.Supply: Getty Photographs

Djokovic paid a good-looking tribute to Federer — who went out within the qurter-finals — and Nadal, who didn’t play so he may delay his profession.

“It means none of us three will cease!” he joked about all three being tied on 20.

“I’ve to make an amazing tribute to Rafa and Roger, they’re legends of our sport and the 2 most vital gamers I ever confronted in my profession.

“They’re the rationale why I’m the place I’m at this time.

“They confirmed me what I wanted to do to get stronger, bodily, tactically and mentally.

“Over the past 10 years it has been an unimaginable journey that’s not stopping right here.”

Djokovic looks like the unstoppable one of many three with Federer having had two knee operations and Nadal additionally displaying indicators of wear and tear and tear.

– ‘It’s the starting’ –

Whether or not Berrettini can pose additional issues down the road solely time will inform however he actually prompted a number of for Djokovic on Sunday.

The amiable Italian — the primary participant from his nation to achieve a Wimbledon singles remaining — made fist of changing into Italy’s first male Slam winner since Adriano Panatta on the 1976 French Open.

He clearly had the vast majority of the 15,000 capability crowd on his facet which at occasions appeared to irk Djokovic.

Matteo Berrettini put up a courageous struggle towards Djokovic.Supply: Getty Photographs

The Serb, although, embraced Berrettini warmly on the internet after which paid him many compliments labelling him the ‘Italian Hammer’ for the energy of his serve.

“It was greater than a battle. To start with enormous congratulations to Matteo for his crew on an amazing match and a troublesome match at this time.

“It’s not one of the best feeling shedding within the remaining however there’s an amazing profession forward of you and as he says, it’s just the start.” Djokovic mentioned he might have been holding the trophy for the sixth time however he’s all the time taken again to when he was dreaming he had received Wimbledon.

“As a seven-year-old I used to be establishing a trophy with improvised supplies that I may discover in my room so to come back right here and for this, it’s wonderful,” he mentioned.

“Successful Wimbledon was all the time the large dream of mine once I was a child and I’ve to remind myself how particular that is and to not take this with no consideration,” mentioned Djokovic.

“It’s an enormous honour and a privilege.” Berrettini received many new followers in the course of the fortnight and his graciousness shone via once more after the loss.

“Novak is a superb champion he’s writing historical past on this courtroom,” he mentioned. “It isn’t the tip it’s the starting for me.”

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