N. Djokovic vs M. Berrettini | Wimbledon
Men's Singles | Final | 11.07.2021 | Centre Court
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N. Djokovic (1)
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M. Berrettini (7)
M. Berrettini (7)
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Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE updates of the 2021 Wimbledon men’s final between five-time champion Novak Djokovic and seventh seed Matteo Berrettini. Can the Italian spring a surprise and claim a first Grand Slam in his maiden major final appearance that could be the start of a potential London double for his country today? Or will world number one, Djokovic live up to his billing as the heavy favourite and secure a 20th Grand Slam to move level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time men's leaderboard?  The players will be on Centre Court from 2pm BST.

Dan Quarrell
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Dan Quarrell
Updated 11/07/2021 at 16:55 GMT
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Djokovic on moving level with Federer and Nadal on 20 majors: “I have to pay tribute to Rafa and Roger. They are legends of our sport and two of the most important opponents I have played in my career. They helped me realise what I need to do to improve, to get better….”
Djoker on the prospect of a completing a calendar Grand Slam. He is one away from achieving the feat at the US Open: “I could definitely envision that happening. I’m going to give it a shot. I’m in great form and obviously playing well and playing my best tennis at Grand Slams is the highest priority I have at this stage of my career, so let’s keep it going.”

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Berrettini: "It’s (an) unbelievable (range of) feelings, too many to handle. For sure, Novak was better than me. He is a great champion. He is writing the history of this sport and deserves all the credit. I'm really happy to get to the final. Hopefully it's not my last one here or at a Slam. I've had a really great run in the last two weeks and at Queen’s. couldn’t ask for me, well… maybe a little more!"
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GAME, SET AND MATCH!– DJOKOVIC 6-7 6-4 6-4 6-3 BERRETTINI. It’s a major moment in tennis history and a significant one in the GOAT race. Novak Djokovic breaks again and can bask in the glory of another success story after claiming the trophy on his third match point after a three hour and 23 minute battle. The Serb wins his sixth Wimbledon title – his third in a row – and moves level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 majors in the list of all-time men’s Grand Slam winners.

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DJOKOVIC 6-7 6-4 6-4 5-3 BERRETTINI. It’s a bit twitchy as he skews a backhand wide for 30-30 but once again Novak plays the big points just that much better. He consolidates and is one game away from making history.
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BREAK! – DJOKOVIC 6-7 6-4 6-4 4-3 BERRETTINI. The world number one is in the zone and that’s always trouble for whoever is standing at the other end of the net. The Serb is pushed from side to side before unleashing a bewitching crosscourt forehand winner to snare a break point. It’s tennis quite simply off the scale and it clearly gets to Matteo. A horrible double fault at the worst possible time gifts the break to the defending champion, who now looks close to making it three Wimbledon titles in a row.
DJOKOVIC 6-7 6-4 6-4 3-3 BERRETTINI. What a recovery from Djoker. Berrettini produces a wonderful pick-up to the far left of the net to up the ante at 0-30. The top seed responds with a big serve and then celebrates like he’s scored the winner in the Euro final when he somehow reaches a short ball and guides a sweet shot on the stretch beyond the reach of the Italian. It’s clutch play from there as the Serb bellows out a roar of delight on securing the hold.
DJOKOVIC 6-7 6-4 6-4 2-3 BERRETTINI. Matteo is doing a better job at leading from the front in this set. He keeps Nole at bay once more and edges the hold to 30.
DJOKOVIC 6-7 6-4 6-4 2-2 BERRETTINI. Djokovic is so good at locking in to deny his opponent an opening when he’s behind. Even a woeful volley into the net comes at the right time at 40-0 and he duly mops up the next point to level.
DJOKOVIC 6-7 6-4 6-4 1-2 BERRETTINI. The Italian shrugs off a quite magnificent return winner from Djokovic to fizz down a flurry of massive serves, concluding the game with a wide ace that pops up a dust of chalk from the line. It’s so important that he keeps his nose in front here.

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DJOKOVIC 6-7 6-4 6-4 1-1 BERRETTINI. Djokovic raises his hands in the air and kicks at some dust on the baseline after throwing down a double fault. He replies with a big serve but then makes a mess of drop shot for 30-30. Berrettini can’t make an impact though and puts his hand to his head after clipping a return into the net.
DJOKOVIC 6-7 6-4 6-4 0-1 BERRETTINI. Matteo unloads a brilliant forehand on the run to keep Djoker at bay and get himself off to an important psychological hold. The Italian has yet to strike first in a set. Can he do it here and give himself some hope?
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SET! – DJOKOVIC 6-7 6-4 6-4 BERRETTINI. No twists here. Djokovic benefits from a trio of surprising errors on the Italian’s big forehand and serves it out on his second set point. He is one set away from a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title.

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DJOKOVIC 6-7 6-4 5-4 BERRETTINI. Serve-out question posed. Berrettini conjures up a beauty of a crosscourt pass for 30-15 and then hammers down a big serve and a controlled volley at the net to give himself one last chance to bite back in Set 3.
DJOKOVIC 6-7 6-4 5-3 BERRETTINI. No dice for Matteo. He just can’t make enough inroads despite a couple of fine points. Djokovic remains the more solid player and is one game from a 2-1 lead.
DJOKOVIC 6-7 6-4 4-3 BERRETTINI. That was exceptional from Berrettini. He whirls the forehand wand and sizzles a flurry of magical winners to surge through a love hold.
DJOKOVIC 6-7 6-4 4-2 BERRETTINI. That was a big moment. Berrettini unleashes the forehand power to force errors out of the top seed and clock up two break points. Djokovic charges into the net on both and makes deuce, although Matteo will feel he should have done more with a chance on a forehand pass. Nole eases through from deuce and confidently gestures his delight to the crowd, who have been quite obvious in choosing to get behind his opponent.

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