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Djokovic has Nadal and Federer in his sights

Djokovic has Nadal and Federer in his sights

It lacks another victory. Then Novak Djokovic on a par with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 Grand Slam titles.

“It means everything to me,” said the world number one, who only made the first set in his six matches in the final. Not only because of his experience, he is the favorite against Italy’s first singles at Wimbledon, 25-year-old Matteo Berrettini.

As always when one of the “Big Three” is in a Grand Slam final, history can be written. Because Djokovic could not only draw with Nadal and Federer. He has bigger plans this year: If he wins on “holy grass”, it will be his sixth victory at Wimbledon, then he could be the first player since Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) to win the “real” Grand Slams. They win all four majors in the same calendar year. He also wants to win the individual gold medal at the Olympics: the “Grand Slams” (the four grand slams with Olympic gold) – so far only German Steffi Graf has achieved in 1988. Graf finished her career with 22 major titles, and Serena Williams still holds 23 titles. , Margaret Court holds the all-time record of 24. In current form and as the youngest of the “Big Three” at 34, these numbers are by no means ideal for Djokovic.

From the perspective of the five-time Wimbledon winner, sympathy on Sunday could be with outfield player Brittini. “But I hope people realize how important this match is to me. History is on the line,” Djokovic said. Djokovic has won the two previous fights with the world number nine: At the ATP Finals in London 2019, he gave up only three matches and a few weeks ago in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros, the Serbian scored 6:3.6:2.6:7(5), 7:5 other problems. Djokovic believes: “It will be a great fight. Anything can happen in the final. Berrettini has won many matches on grass, he serves well and plays well.”

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“Buy a good TV”

Even if the Serb is the favorite, he will face the devil and belittle Bertini in his first major final. It is the first Italian team to reach a Grand Slam final since Adriana Banata who won the French Open in 1976. “It was probably the biggest name that believed in me when I was a kid,” Berrettini said, describing how he sometimes handled Banata.

Tennis is part of his genes, played by all family members even his grandparents. “It means everything to me,” Berrettini said of the fact that his parents, brother, and one of his best friends cheered for him in Central Court.

And now it’s the historic sport of Sunday for Italy in London: at 3:00 pm CEST Berrettini meets “Djoker,” and six hours later, hosts of “Squadra Azzurra” England try their hand at home in the European Football Championship final at Wembley Stadium. Spoil. Wimbledon and Wembley – Sports Italians over the moon. “Buy a good TV if you don’t have one yet, because it’s going to be a very special day for all of us,” said Berrettini, who proved his strength in the turf in advance of the title at Queen’s Club in London.

While Berrettini is in his first major final against Djokovic in his 30th(!) “We didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup but the work they’ve done since then, how hard they’ve worked – they really deserved this final,” Berrettini said of Roberto Mancini’s squad.

But although Brittini also has football fever, he will be fully focused on his goal of becoming the first Italian to win Wimbledon.

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