Novak Djokovic has won Wimbledon to match Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal’s record of 20 major titles.
The 34-year-old Serbian beat Italian Matteo Berrettini in four sets – meaning he has also completed the third leg towards achieving the Golden Slam of all four slams and an Olympic gold in the same year.
Berrettini, who is 6ft 5ins tall, put up a good fight throughout the match, winning the first set before Djokovic battled back to take the remaining three sets to win his third consecutive Wimbledon title – and six in total.
Djokovic’s 6-7 (4) 6-4 6-4 6-3 success makes him the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the first three titles of the year.
Asked if he would go for the calendar Grand Slam, the world number one said: “I’ll give it a shot.”
The match, arguably the biggest of his career, was not without nerves for Djokovic as he hit three double faults at the start and struggled to lift his second serve above 80mph.
But he quickly pushed back as the crowd became more rambunctious, with umpire Marija Cicak, the first woman to sit in the chair for a Wimbledon men’s singles final, having to call for quiet in the third set as parts of the crowd engaged in a verbal battle in support of their favourites.
Federer, who bowed out of Wimbledon after the quarter-final, tweeted his congratulations, saying: “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!”
Several celebrities witnessed the Serbian joining two of the game’s greats, including Tom Cruise and the Duchess of Cambridge who was joined by her father, Michael Middleton, while Prince William missed out so he could watch the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
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