Novak Djokovic defeated Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon men’s singles final to win his 20th Grand Slam and third consecutive Wimbledon title. The victory ties the record held by tennis greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most career Grand Slam singles wins.
Djokovic won 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
Berrettini struggled early in the opening set, unable to find a rhythm against Djokovic’s movement. The reigning champ dominated at the net, winning 78% of net points, and Berrettini was plagued by unforced errors. However, the Italian found his stride, and after going down 5-2, he managed to force a tiebreak and take a 1-0 lead. Djokovic came back with a vengeance in the second set and held off another late run from Berrettini to tie the match 1-1.
Djokovic never let up after that, winning the next two sets to bring home his sixth Wimbledon victory. He also won the French Open and Australian Open earlier this year, putting him just one tournament away from completing the Grand Slam. The U.S. Open, the final tournament in the Slam, begins Aug. 30. Only six people have ever won all four tournaments in a single year, and the last man to do so was Australia’s Rod Laver in 1969.
History was also made courtside at Wimbledon. Marija Cicak became the first woman to serve as Chair Umpire at a men’s singles final in the 144-year history of the championships. She previously officiated the women’s singles finals in 2014 and the women’s doubles final in 2017.
Djokovic came into Wimbledon ranked No. 1 in the world, and he lost only one set prior to the finals. Berrettini’s path was less smooth, but he never gave up more than one set in a match. The 25-year-old has been one of the strongest players in the world on grass courts this year with an 11–0 record.