This year’s Wimbledon men’s final is set and it’s the final that fans deserved as the best player takes on the leading grass-court player this year
Novak Djokovic will take on Matteo Berrettini in the final of this year’s Wimbledon after they beat Denis Shapovalov and Hubert Hurkacz.
Djokovic saw off the challenge of Shapovalov in three tight sets 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-5, while Berrettini edged out Hurkacz 6-3 6-0 6-7 (7-3) 6-4.
For Djokovic, the mission was pretty clear from the beginning of the tournament. The 34-year-old Serbian has been the man to beat this year and he’s now just one match away from tying his greatest rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s number of grand slam titles (20).
Aside from his opening match, where he dropped the first set to Jack Draper, Djokovic has been flawless in this competition, winning the rest of his matches in straight sets.
However, his match against Shapovalov was not easy as the scoreline suggests. The Canadian was stayed in the match until the last point and could have even won the match if he had played his better on the big points.
Djokovic didn’t play at his best, but he raised his level when it mattered, which has been the case throughout his career.
The Serbian will now go into Sunday’s final with the aim to continue his unbeaten run in slams this year, but more importantly, win the record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title.
Djokovic’s opponent on the other side of the next on Sunday will be Berrettini. The Italian No 7 seed is the leading player on grass this year.
Berrettini is on a 11-match winning streak, having arrived at the tournament as Queens Champions. The 25-year-old is the first Italian player (man or woman) to reach the final at the All England Club and will be hoping to become the first Italian Grand Slam winner since Adriano Panatta won the French Open 45 years ago.
Berrettini edged out Hurkacz, who defeated Wimbledon’s greatest champion Federer in the quarterfinal. However, the Italian will need to play the game of his life if he’s to cause a massive upset.
Djokovic always switches up his game as the match progresses, so Berrettini will have to stay consistent throughout the match.
As stated earlier, Shapovalov played well against Djokovic, but not on the big points. Berrettini can’t afford to do that if he wants to have a chance.
The World number nine has a brilliant serve and powerful forehand, but he needs to improve on his backhand, which is the weakness in his game.
Also, he needs to be decisive on break points. Shapovalov had 11 break points against Djokovic, but he could only convert one of them.
Berrettini would have to do better than that. With a full capacity expected on Sunday, Berrettini will likely a majority of the support and that should boost his confidence.
However, Djokovic relishes in playing the villain role and has always played against the crowds in almost all of his matches. He’s 20-0 in slams this year and will be the favourite on Sunday.
It’s the Serbian’s world and we are all living it. But come Sunday, Berrettini will hope to change that narrative by doing what no other player has done this year.