Novak Djokovic earned his 20th Grand Slam title Sunday with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 win over Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon men's final.
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The latest title puts Djokovic in a three-way tie with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most in men's tennis history. It also marks his third straight Wimbledon championship and third straight Grand Slam victory in 2021 after also winning the Australian Open and French Open.
It simply adds to an incredible resume as one of the greatest of all time in the sport. He also honored the other two superstars in the sport after the latest win.
"I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger," Djokovic told the crowd. "They are legends of our sport and the two most important players I faced in my career. They're the reason I am where I am today."
The No. 1 seed needed to come from behind Sunday after dropping the first set, but he came through when it mattered and went 34-of-48 (71 percent) on net points on the way to a four-set win over Berrettini.
While most entered the day expecting an easy Djokovic victory, a thrilling first set showed this wasn't going to be the case.
An early break gave the Serbian a 5-2 advantage in the opening set, but Berrettini refused to concede and fought his way back with wins in the next three games to eventually force a tiebreak.
The Italian sealed the first set with an ace in the tiebreak.
While the play was solid, the mentality to fight back especially got people's attention:
Anand Datla @SportASmile
Gutsy effort from Berrettini. He was down 1-4, then 2-5. <br><br>The eighth game lasted 21 points. Yes. The Italian saved a set point too. <br><br>Broke Djokovic in the ninth to push the set back on serve. <br><br>Wins the first set 7-4 in a tiebreaker. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Djokovic?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Djokovic</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Berrettini?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Berrettini</a>
Mark McFadden @MarkMcFadden
From 2-5 down in the first set against Djokovic and coming back to win it on the tie-break. Just brilliant, gutsy play from Berrettini. 🎾<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Avanti?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Avanti</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ForzaItalia?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ForzaItalia</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BerrettiniDjokovic?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BerrettiniDjokovic</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Berrettini?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Berrettini</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WimbledonFinal?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WimbledonFinal</a>
There was a similar story in the second set, with Djokovic seemingly calming down on the way to a double-break and a 4-0 advantage. He went up 5-1 while only dropping three total points in his first three service games of the set.
Once again, Berrettini showed his resolve and got it to 5-4 before eventually losing the set.
The third set was competitive as well, although Berrettini was overaggressive at times and it cost him.
Djokovic had just three unforced errors in a 6-4 third-set victory, compared to nine from his opponent.
A few key points also made a significant difference, as Djokovic saved two break points while winning his only break opportunity in the set.
The favorite then reminded people what he can do in the fourth set, coming through with some iconic moments to seal the win. Down 15-30 in the sixth game of the set, Djokovic covered an incredible amount of ground to save the point and eventually find a key winner.
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Standing ovation for Djokovic on Centre Court as he wins point of the match at 2-3, 15-30.<br><br>Unbelievable court speed from Djokovic to chase down the ball & control an oblique cross-court flick. <br><br>Berrettini grins, tosses his racquet up & catches it. What can you do?
Djokovic went on to win that game before following it up with a break in the next one, representing a major momentum swing in the match.
He eventually closed it out, winning the last four games on the way to a hard-fought victory.
Berrettini tallied 16 aces with 57 winners in the biggest match of his career, but he only earned two breaks in total. This wasn't enough to beat the No. 1 player in the world, who brought home a Wimbledon title for the sixth time in his career.
Djokovic will now try to become the first person since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four Grand Slam events in a single calendar year. The last step will be the U.S. Open, scheduled to begin on August 30.