Top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia rallied to beat Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the Wimbledon men’s tennis final on Sunday, claiming his record-tying 20th Grand Slam singles championship.
Djokovic, who won the tournament in 2018 and 2019 before it was suspended due to the COVID-19 epidemic last year, won his third consecutive title at the All England Club and his sixth overall.
The 34-year-old Serbian now has nine championships from the Australian Open, three from the United States Open, and two from the French Open, tying him with Swiss great Roger Federer and Spaniard Rafael Nadal for the most majors won by a player in the sport’s history.
“I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger,” Djokovic said. “They are legends of our sport and they are the two most important players that I’ve ever faced in my career.
“They are, I think, the reason that I am where I am today. They have helped me realize what I need to do in order to improve, get stronger mentally, physically, tactically.”
Djokovic, who previously won the French Open and the Australian Open earlier this year, is the first male since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the first three major championships in the same season.
At the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 30, he hopes to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam, something no male player has done since Rod Laver more than five decades ago.
“I could definitely envision that happening,” Djokovic said. “I’m going to definitely give it a shot. I’m in a great form and obviously playing well. Playing my best tennis at Grand Slams is the highest priority that I have right now at this stage of my career. So, let’s keep it going.”
Djokovic’s 30th major final came on Sunday at Wimbledon, one short of Federer’s men’s record of 31. It was the first for Berrettini, a 25-year-old from Italy who was seeded seventh in the competition.
Djokovic was defeated in the opening set when Berrettini closed it out with a 138 mph ace in the tiebreaker. Djokovic then turned it around and won the following three sets in dominating fashion to claim the almost $2.4 million prise money.
“The last 10 years have been an incredible journey that is not stopping here,” Djokovic said.