Djokovic wins his sixth Wimbledon championship

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Novak Djokovic won his sixth Wimbledon title on Sunday, defeating Italian seventh seed Matteo Berrettini 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4 6-3.

Serbian Novak Djokovic won his 20th Grand Slam championship at the All England Club, equaling the men’s record held by Roger Federer of Switzerland and Rafa Nadal of Spain.

Djokovic has now completed the third leg of the Golden Slam, having also won the Australian Open and the French Open in 2021. In the history of tennis, no man has ever won all four grand slams in the same year.

 

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After winning the final, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with Italy’s Matteo Berrettini. Reuters photo

The 34-year-old, who had beaten Berrettini in both of their previous meetings, broke early in the opening set to take a 5-2 lead, but the Italian rallied back to force a tiebreak, which he won to take the first set.

It was only the Serbian’s second set loss in the finals this year. In the second set, he responded by sprinting to a 4-0 lead before tying the match.

 

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Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory over Matteo Berrettini of Italy in his last match. Reuters photo

Djokovic won the match with a solitary break of service in the third set and two more in the fourth, in front of a rowdy Centre Court crowd that kept shouting the Italian underdog’s name.

When Berrettini’s backhand slice dropped in the net on his third match point, Djokovic sealed his place in tennis history.

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