Matteo Berrettini stands in the best way of Novak Djokovic and a crack at tennis historical past within the Wimbledon males’s ultimate.
A win towards the Italian on the All England Membership will make sure the 34-year-old Djokovic equals Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal’s file males’s haul of 20 grand slam titles.
However it is going to additionally imply he would have accomplished the third leg in direction of reaching the “golden slam”.
No man has even received the 4 slams and an Olympic gold in the identical 12 months.
“It might imply every part,” stated world No.1 Djokovic, who’s chasing a sixth title on the religious dwelling of grasscourt tennis.
“That is why I am right here. That is why I am enjoying.
“I imagined myself being able to battle for an additional grand slam trophy previous to coming to London. I put myself in an excellent place.”
Having already received the Australian Open and Roland Garros titles in 2021, Djokovic has received 20 successive grand slam matches.
He’s now gunning to wipe out the opposition within the Wimbledon ultimate, the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open with a view to full the “golden slam”.
Because the begin of 2020, the one time the Serbian has failed to succeed in a grand slam ultimate was when he was defaulted within the fourth spherical of final 12 months’s US Open for by chance hitting a line choose with a ball.
Whereas Djokovic is sort of a everlasting fixture in latest finals, it is going to be the primary look within the championship spherical at a serious for Berrettini.
The 25-year-old, who hails from Rome, can be bidding to turn into the primary Italian to win a Wimbledon singles title.
Djokovic has received each of their earlier conferences however the duo have by no means met on grass.
Since dropping his opening set of the championships to Britain’s Jack Draper, Djokovic has captured 18 successive units however he’ll face an opponent excessive on confidence.
Berrettini grew to become the primary participant to win the Wimbledon warm-up occasion at Queen’s on his debut look since Boris Becker in 1985 and stays on track to match the German’s feat of finishing the Queen’s Membership-Wimbledon double in the identical 12 months.
The 25-year-old Italian packs an actual punch together with his huge forehand and 220kph serves.
Djokovic is nicely conscious of the risk posed by his opponent, who’s bidding to turn into the primary Italian man to win a grand slam title since Adriano Panatta triumphed at Roland Garros in 1976.
“Something is feasible within the finals,” he stated. “
Djokovic’s semi-final sufferer – Canadian Denis Shapovalov – Berrettini had an actual likelihood.
“I believe with the serve that he has, if he can handle to sneak out a break right here or there, win a pair tiebreaks, I believe it’ll be actually powerful for Novak to interrupt him,” he stated.
Djokovic accepted that the Centre Court docket crowd will most likely be backing underdog Berrettini on Sunday however it will not faze the steely-eyed Serbian.
“Hopefully folks also can recognise the significance of this match for me, the historical past that’s on the road,” he stated.