Once again, Novak Djokovic showed why he is among the best athletes of all time. Despite losing the first set, in which he led 5: 2 and had the set ball, he managed to defeat Mateo Berrettini and won Wimbledon for the sixth time in his career.
He defended the trophy from 2019 (the last tournament was not played because of the corona), and what is even more important, he equaled Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the number of Grand Slams won. Each has 20 of them!
"Winning Wimbledon has always been my biggest dream. I've said it so many times, but I have to repeat it. I enjoy it, I'm aware that this is a big part." "When I was seven, I made a Wimbledon trophy out of cardboard to stand in my room, and now I have six original trophies, "said the world number one immediately after the match.
He was also asked what it means for him that he equaled the Swiss and the Spaniard in the number of the most important titles. "That means none of us will stop. They are legends of our sport, it's a great thing to stand by their shoulder.
The most important players I've met in my career are the reasons why I'm here now." "They helped me figure out how to progress, mentally and tactically. When I entered the Top 10 I lost some matches against them, but then something changed, an amazing journey began for me and it doesn’t stop here, ”Novak said.
In 2021, Djokovic won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon. The US Open is awaited, as well as the Olympic Games. The so-called "Calendar Golden Slam" "I am happy to have the opportunity to try it.
I will try, I play well and this is the biggest opportunity I have for something like that in my career so far," As usual, Novak praised the rival. "This was more than a battle. First of all, I would like to congratulate Matteo on an exceptional tournament.
It was a difficult match today. It is not a good feeling to lose today, but as he said, this is just the beginning and I believe in it." Although the English audience is not in his favor, Djokovic also had his fans in the stands in London.
Some of them shouted during the statement. "I love you too, thank you very much," the best tennis player of today told them.
European championship final
In the end, as a football fan, he was asked when he would cheer in the final of the European Championship between Italy and England.
"You are putting me in a very awkward situation. I am a big fan of football, I will enjoy tonight," he replied diplomatically. Berrettini had football support from the stands during the finals. "Matteo, Matteo" was chanted, but it didn't help him, nor did it deconcentrate Djokovic.
"It's an amazing feeling, I can't compose myself right now. Novak was better, he's a great champion. Well done, once again. He writes the history of this sport and deserves all the congratulations." "I'm happy for the final and I hope it won't be the last here and at the Grand Slam tournaments.
It's a great honor to be here, an amazing feeling. I had great results the previous two weeks, but maybe I needed a little more in the finals, "said the 25-year-old from Rome. Excellent results in England brought him a move to eighth place on the ATP list, but he announces an even better placement.
"This is not the end for me, but, I hope, the beginning of a successful career. I will continue to try," the Italian pointed out.