Novak Djokovic, with Britain's Catherine (R), holds the winner's trophy after beating Matteo Berrettini at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon on Sunday. AFP
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Serbian ace player Novak Djokovic rallied to beat Italy’s Matteo Berrettini 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4 6-3 for his sixth Wimbledon title on Sunday. With the victory, he reached the milestone of 20th Grand Slam title.
Novak Djokovic presents his tennis racquet to a young fan in London. AP
He also equaled the men’s record of the most number of Grand Slam titles.
Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Spaniard Rafael Nadal are the two other players of the open era who have procured the same number of titles.
After winning the match, the Serbian star said, it was more than a battle. Brerettini is a true Italian hammer I felt it on my skin. It means none of us three will stop. Roger and Rafa are legends they are the reason I am where I am today, said Djokovic.
Berrettini, the first Italian to reach a Wimbledon final, said that Novak is a great player and he is writing history on this court. He added that it is not the end it is the beginning for me. Without my family, friends and team all this would not have been possible so I just say Grazie Grazie.
Djokovic also kept the hopes of his calendar slam alive after his victory at Wimbledon. The world number one started the stellar year with the victory at the Australian Open – the first Grand Slam of the year -- and followed it up with another win at the French Open barely a month ago remained on course for a calendar slam.
Should he win the US Open later this year, he will become only the second person in the history of the game to do so after Lod Laver of Australia, who achieved the feat twice in 1962 and 1969.
Prior to that, US tennis great Don Budge won a calendar slam but that was way back in 1937, before the Open Era.
The Open Era began in 1968, when the professional players were allowed to compete with the amateurs at the Grand Slam tourneys.
Novak Djokovic is the targeting a record-equalling 20th major and sixth Wimbledon title from next week, edging him closer to becoming only the third man to complete a calendar Grand Slam. The world number one has already won a ninth Australian Open
World ranked 139 Tauson saw off Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic 6-4, 6-1 to guarantee a top 100 debut on Monday. Tauson was playing in just her third main draw and with Sunday's win confirmed her status as one of the sport's in-form players.
Djokovic is now just one major away from equalling the all-time record of 20, jointly held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. It was a second French Open crown for Djokovic after his 2016 victory and adds to his nine Australian Opens, five Wimbledon titles and three at the US Open.
World number one Novak Djokovic said on Friday he will play at the Tokyo Olympics, giving him the opportunity to achieve the first calendar Golden Slam by a male player. “I booked my flight for Tokyo and will proudly be joining #TeamSerbia for the Olympics,” tweeted Djokovic in English.
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