Serbia’s Novak Djokovic beat Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in 4 units Sunday at Wimbledon to take the lads’s singles last. That units him up for a possible Calendar 12 months Grand Slam if he triumphs on the US Open, and a Calendar 12 months Golden Slam, if he additionally wins the gold medal on the Tokyo Olympics.
Djokovic gained 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 main championships. If he wins on the US Open, it might be the primary males’s Calendal 12 months Grand Slam in additional than 50 years, the final to attain it being Rod Laver in 1969.
The 34-year-old Djokovic has swept the primary three majors of 2021, and probably could possibly be labeled the very best males’s participant ever if he wins his twenty first main title on the US Open. He’s but to win Olympic gold, having come shut on a number of event.
The one tennis participant to ever obtain a Calendar 12 months Golden Slam — profitable all 4 Grand Slams and an Olympic gold medal in the identical 12 months — was Steffi Graf in 1988. Beforehand dedicated to play in Tokyo, Djokovic mentioned he was 50-50 on going to Japan following his Wimbledon win.
The controversial Djokovic battled a crowd that was clearly behind the underdog Berrettini within the match, ceaselessly chanting his first title. Berrettini had by no means made a Slam-event Ultimate, and when Djokovic fell behind love-40 within the third set, the gang noise for Berrettini reached a crescendo.Djokovic appeared to waive it on, after which rallied for 5 straight factors.
The US Open will start Aug. 30, with the lads’s last on Sept. 12.