Wimbledon: Djokovic wins sixth grass court title, equals Federer & Nadal’s Grand Slam record

London: World No.1 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic crushed Matteo Berrettini of Italy 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the final on Sunday. This is his sixth Wimbledon title and 20th Grand Slam. 

The 34-year-old player celebrated his win by chewing on the grass from the hallowed center court. By winning the title on Sunday. The current world no.1 has now equalled Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s record of Grand Slam wins as the players with the most number of Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era.

Djokovic made a comeback in the tiebreaker after losing the first set 6–7 to dominate the match, never giving Barretini a chance to beat him.

“It was more than a battle,” said Djokovic. “Winning Wimbledon was always the biggest dream of mine as a child. I know how special this is and I don’t want to take this for granted. I was a seven-year-old boy in Serbia, constructing a Wimbledon tennis trophy with improvised materials in my bedroom and now I am standing here with six titles. It’s incredible.”

Djokovic added, “It means none of us will stop [playing]. I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger as legends of our sport, the two most important players in my career, and why I am the player I am today. They made me realize what I needed to improve, mentally, physically, and tactically.

“When I first broke into the Top 10, for three or four years, I lost most of the big matches against these guys and something shifted at the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011. The past 10 years have been an incredible journey and it’s not stopping here.”

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“I could definitely envisage it happening and I will definitely give it a shot,” said Djokovic. “I am in great form and I am playing well at the Grand Slams. So let’s keep it going.”

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