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Wimbledon Final: Djokovic beats Berrettini to join the Federer and Nadal club

The Serbian World number one made history as he beat the Italian number nine seed in four tight sets in the final of this year’s Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic has equalled Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s 20 grand slam titles after beating Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in four sets (4)6-7 6-4 6-4 6-3 in the Wimbledon final.

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Djokovic went into the clash, knowing he’s on the cusp of making history. He has been the best player all year and was the clear favourite.

He started well as he broke early in the game to take a 3-1 lead. He maintained his lead until the ninth game, when he had the chance to serve it out.

However, he could not hold, allowing Berrettini to break back. Both players held serve to set up a tiebreak, which the Italian won.

The disappointment of throwing away the first set brought out the fire in Djokovic and he took a double-break lead in the second set.

Although Berrettini got one of the breaks back, Djokovic held serve to win the second set 6-4. The World No.1 then secured the only break of the third set in the third game before serving out for a 6-4 and a two sets to one lead.

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The fourth set was a tight affair as both players held serve until Berrettini served a double fourth in seventh game to hand Djokovic the break.

The 34-year-old did not let the opportunity slip as he held serve for a 5-3 lead despite the Italian’s resilience. At that moment, Berrettini looked mentally and physically exhausted.

The Italian could’ve made Djokovic win it on his serve, but despite his best efforts by saving three match points, the Serbian won it on his fourth match point after Berrettini hit a backhand slide into the net.

With the win, Djokovic joins Federer and Nadal on 20 grandslam titles, while he now has six Wimbledon titles. The Serbian is also the first man since Rod Laver to win the first three grand slam events of the year.

He could now complete the calendar slam and break the tie with his two rivals by winning the US Open next month.

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