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2021 Men’s Wimbledon final 2021 preview

Matteo Berrettini will play in his first grand slam final against world number one Novak Djokovic as the pair face off on centre court later today. After winning Queens prior to Wimbledon, Italian Berrettini comes into this match being the in-form player on grass. However, he is yet to beat a top ten seeded player, and they don’t come trickier than Novak Djokovic.

The Serbian will be looking to keep his one hundred percent record of winning grand slams this year, after winning both the Australian Open and defeating Rafael Nadal on clay to claim the trophy at Roland Garros. If the world number one comes out victorious, he will have successfully defended the Wimbledon title three years in a row.

It took four sets for Matteo Berrettini to get past Hubert Hurkacz in the semi-finals. Hurkacz beat Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. While Djokovic had to be on his best form to beat 22-year-old Shapovalov in three straight sets. The current seventh seed Berrettini, will be the first Italian to reach the men’s single final, as well as being the first Italian to do it since 1976.

A win for Novak Djokovic on the other hand, is only one more victory away from equalling the all-time men’s record of twenty major tournament victories, set by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The Serbian has only lost one set so far in the tournament, which came in his first set of the first round, against Jack Draper. Djokovic’s expected challengers all went out of the tournament quite early on, as he has only faced two seeded players so far (Shapovalov No. 10, Christian Garin No. 17).

The match will be held in front of a full capacity crowd on centre court. The finals weekend at Wimbledon is part of a hand full of pilot events partnered with the government, aiming to bring back full capacity crowds to sporting events.

The Italian Berrettini has only appeared at Wimbledon twice before, never getting past the fourth-round stage. His previous best performance at a grand slam came at the US Open semi-final in 2019, where he lost to Rafael Nadal, who went onto to win the competition.

In their head-to-head record, Novak Djokovic currently leads with two wins. This will be only the third time the pair have met on the tour. These two meetings came in the Quarter-finals of the French Open this year, and the 2019 ATP finals.

 

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Olly is currently doing a degree in sports journalism at Leeds Trinity University. He is an Ipswich Town fan and enjoys playing football and tennis in his spare time. His aspiration is to one day become a leading sports journalist within the online journalism sector.

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