World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will lock horns with Matteo Berrettini in the final of this year’s Wimbledon. Both last played each other at Roland Garros in early 2021.
If the Serb star wins the competition, he will be at par with the number of Grand Slams won (20) by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
This is the third consecutive final this year Djokovic will be playing in. The 19-time Grand Slam winner is within touching distance to make history in London.
Speaking about Berrettini in his latest interview, Djokovic said: “He’s one of the best players in the world in the last 12 months, I think. With big weapons in [the] serve and forehand, he can play well on any surface. Obviously, grass favours him even more, favours his game.”
Djokovic admitted that returning the strong serves of his Italian opponent could be an uphill task.
“If he serves big, as he did throughout the entire tournament, it’s tough to break his serve. It’s tough to go into the rhythm, to find a good positioning to return, make him play. But I believe in my return. I think [the] return has served me very well throughout my career.”
On the other hand, Berrettini is elated to reach the final. “I’m just so, so happy for everything. My year started in a good way, with the finals in the ATP Cup. Then I got injured again. I kind of saw those ghosts again, of my body kind of struggling,” he said.
“Again, I came back stronger. I think I fully deserve to be here. I want to enjoy it like I did today. I want to enjoy my first final… I just appreciate what’s happening.”
When is the Wimbledon final?
The Wimbledon final will be played on Sunday, July 11, at 2 pm (BST). The Centre Court will host the big game.
How can I watch the live stream of the Wimbledon 2021 final?
Tennis fans can watch the game on BBC Sport and BBC iPlayer.
Fans willing to watch the final on TV can catch live action on BBC One from 1:05 pm. However, the match may be moved to BBC Two due to the Euro 2020 final’s coverage.
Novak Djokovic is the firm favourite in the final. The Serb has been on a roll since the beginning of the year and seems like an unstoppable force in front of the seventh-seed Berrettini.
After winning his semi-final, World No. 1 affirmed that he expects anything to happen on the big night, but he is likely to have an edge over his opponent due to ample experience behind him.
He continued: “I think that experience definitely favours me every single time. Next time I get to work on the court, [I do so] knowing that I’ve been through everything that I could possibly go through as a tennis player. I know my strengths. I know what I’m capable of. I rely on that.”