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Djokovic beats Berrettini to clinch Wimbledon men’s singles title — his 20th Grand Slam win

Serbian Novak Djokovic holding his trophy after winning his men's singles title match against seventh seed Matteo Berrettini at the Wimbledon in London on July 11, 2021. Photo: Wimbledon

London, July 11 (MNN) Coming back from a set down, Serbian Novak Djokovic on Sunday defeated seventh seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini 6(4)-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in a thrilling clash for the men’s singles title at the Wimbledon on Sunday. It was his sixth title at The Championships.

Earlier, Berrettini recovered from 2-5 down in the first set to claim it 7-6(4) . Bouncing back the only way he knows, Djokovic won the second and third sets 6-4, 6-4 to put in more thrill into the final at the Centre Court here.

Finally, he prevailed 6-3 over his Italian rival in his seventh Wimbledon final, where the Serbian has bagged the winner’s trophy earlier in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019.

Djokovic had entered the final by defeating 10th seed Denis Shapovalov 7-6(3), 7-5, 7-5 in the semi-finals here to set up a showdown against Berrettini, who earlier eliminated 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz.

The World number 1 Serb now has a record-tying 20th Grand Slam titles in his bag, tied up with other tennis greats Roger Federer of Spain and Spaniard Rafael Nadal.

In 2019, Djokovic had beaten Roger Federer 7–6(7–5), 1–6, 7–6(7–4), 4–6, 13–12(7–3) to clinch the Wimbledon title.

The Championships were not held in 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic.

A win on Sunday gave the top seed his third major trophy of the season and move him to within a US Open crown of completing the calendar-year Grand Slam. Djokovic had earlier won the French Open at Roland Garros.

Before this title match, Djokovic led Berrettini 2-0 in their ATP Head2Head series — the Serbian lost just three games against him at the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals and needed four sets to beat the Italian in this year’s Roland Garros quarter-finals.

At 34, the Serbian became the first man in the Open era since Rod Laver to win the opening three Grand Slams of the season and the only man to have won majors on three different surfaces in the same year.

This was Djokovic’s 30th Grand Slam final of his career.

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