Wimbledon 2021: Novak Djokovic Beats Matteo Berrettini To Win 20th Major

Novak Djokovic won his 20th Grand Slam title after defeating Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final to draw level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The victory gave Djokovic his third Grand Slam title of the year and positioned him to become the first man in over 50 years to win the calendar Grand Slam when he competes for the U.S. Open later this summer.

The 34-year-old Serb won 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4 6-3 in front of a passionate and vocal 15,000 crowd on Centre Court.

Seventh seed Berrettini, 25, received loud backing but could not maintain his advantage in his first major final.

“Winning Wimbledon was always the biggest dream for me when I was a kid,” said the world number one, who dropped a set for only the second time in the SW19 fortnight.

“A seven-year-old boy in Serbia constructing a Wimbledon trophy with improvised materials and standing here with a sixth real trophy is incredible. It is amazing.”

Having already claimed the Australian Open and French Open, Djokovic is the fifth man in history – and only the second in the Open era after Rod Laver in 1969 – to win the first three majors of the season.

And with Djokovic retaining his crown at the All England Club, he has moved a step closer to becoming the second player to achieve a ‘Golden Slam’.

Only Germany’s Steffi Graf in 1988 has ever won all four majors and the Olympics in a calendar year.