Without being dazzling, Novak Djokovic won his sixth Wimbledon title this Sunday, dominating the Italian Matteo Berrettini (6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3). The 20th Grand Slam coronation of the Serbian, which comes up to the duo Nadal-Federer.
In a few years, we will tell our children about a golden era that saw three giants pulling the plug on courts around the world. They are three for a record, that of the greatest number of Grand Slam titles. Because Novak Djokovic has just joined Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the top of the ranking – with 20 coronations in Major each – thanks to his victory this Sunday in the Wimbledon final, against Matteo Berrettini (6-7, 6-4, 6-4 , 6-3).
Djokovic to the audience: “I can’t hear you!”
A lesson in air conditioning. Because the Italian rookie had, despite the final of the Euro which was announced a few hours later between England and Italy, the favors of a public which will definitely never completely spare the Serbian. Never mind for the world number 1, who preferred to have fun (at least in appearance) by waving to the public when he was permanently gaining the ascendancy over his opponent, with “I can’t hear you!” .
In the game, it wasn’t the greatest final in grass tournament history, but rather a good summary of a rather disappointing fortnight. But concluded with a moment of history. Because Novak Djokovic seemed quite nervous at the start of the game, with a catastrophic service and three double faults on his first two games of service. This did not prevent him from breaking early against the one who was playing his first Grand Slam final.
But the youngest had the resource and the ardor of one who has nothing to lose. So he broke, with blows of ace and above all with a sliced backhand, much more prominent than his two-handed backhand which had cost him so much in the first games. And in the tie break – as in the Roland-Garros final against Stefanos Tsitsipas – the world number 1 cracked to give up the first round.
A set of doubts then the air conditioning
Like Porte d’Auteuil, there too, he did not panic. An entry break and a race at a small trot, while Berrettini had obviously unplugged everything, to pick up a set everywhere (6-4), well helped by a service not so sharp but much less faulty. A small passage in the locker room later, Novak Djokovic broke very early in the third round. Meanwhile, his Italian rival seemed more and more embarrassed by his strapped left thigh. The Serb took the opportunity to make him run more and more. In management to pocket the set (6-4).
It only remained to conclude. And in this area, the world number 1 is almost untouchable. Rekindled by his set in advance, undoubtedly annoyed by the encouragement fed by the public for Berrettini, Djokovic raised his level and found his racket strokes absolutely unstoppable. The elastic man was then on all fronts. And as luck would have it, he regained his sense of the ball on the line and the ejection of his opponent’s field, unable to catch the ball and disgusted by the boss’s inhuman defense.
Towards a calendar Grand Slam?
Sixth career coronation at Wimbledon, 20th Grand Slam title and an even greater feat in sight: in case of victory at the US Open, Novak Djokovic would become the first player to achieve the Grand Slam in the same year (win the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open) since Rod Laver in 1969. He was already the first since Laver to sign the Grand Slam over two seasons. If he succeeds in September, this time he will truly double the duo Federer-Nadal. For a new moment of history.