Wimbledon men’s final LIVE: Novak Djokovic aiming to equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s remarkable haul of 20 Grand Slam titles… but Italian Matteo Berrettini is out to spoil the party
- Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic & Matteo Berrettini gets going at 2pm
- Djokovic reached the final with an emphatic win over Denis Shapovalov
- Berrettini beat Hubert Hurkacz in four sets to make his first Wimbledon final
- Latest Wimbledon updates, including schedule, build-up and results
Novak Djokovic faces Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon’s final today from 2pm, and the world No 1 has history on his mind.
Victory in the showpiece final at SW19 for Djokovic would mean the Serb would level Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at 20 Grand Slam titles apiece.
But the tricky Matteo Berrettini stands in his way, and Djokovic knows he will be in for an extremely tough test as the Italian looks to follow up his victory from Queen’s.
Follow Sportsmail’s Nathan Salt for live coverage of the men’s Wimbledon final, contested by Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini, including build-up, scoreline and updates.
Berrettini looks rattled.
Got to calm himself down here or this will get ugly real fast.
As if Djokovic, a man chasing a Golden Slam in 2021, needed a leg-up in this final but he got it with the break and now what does Berrettini have in his locker.
The rallies are long and that suits the Serbian. Berrettini is cutting frustrated at some of his mistakes – some of his misses are not even all that close.
A second break point doesn’t go awry and Berrettini, who went into this with a second serve, is playing with fire now.
He gets a cross-court forehand all wrong and it never looked right once it left his racket.
Needed to make a strong early start and he hasn’t. A worry for his camp.
… and it is saved by Berrettini. A huge serve out wide and Djokovic has no answer to it.
Deuce we go.
There is definitely a palpable tension between points here and Berrettini needs to block it all out because he’s making mistakes he hasn’t made so far at these Championships.
Djokovic is arguably the finest returner in the game but the Italian must vary his shot selection to keep the Serb guessing.
Don’t be afraid to approach the net, Matteo.
How much slower does Berrettini want these second serves? Without going too McEnroe here, you cannot be serious?
The Italian went from up 0-30 to losing the following four points and that’s another hold.
Djokovic is really giving Berrettini plenty of belief here and the crowd can sense it.
It was almost three break points but as he raced into the net the Italian netted his backhand down the line.
Classic Berrettini end to that game. A huge serve and then a deep forehand out wide to get Djokovic off his rhythm.
He then seals it when Djokovic’s return from serve goes just beyond the baseline.
Now he needs to hunt Djokovic or this has a worrying formality feeling about it.
Strong start to his service game and that will give Berrettini belief.
His serve is one of his biggest weapons and he really needs to make that count. He’s got the crowd on his side early – not uncommon against Djokovic – but he can’t give up easy points.
Djokovic took a while to warm up against Denis Shapovalov in the semis and he’s doing something similar here.
Having got to advantage it was a netted backhand of his own that forced a second deuce but if Berrettini keeps passing up these soft second serves, this one around 80mph, then he will have a not-so-long afternoon ahead.
Djokovic eventually holds, a 4-shot rally ending with a netted forehand by Berrettini.
Reason for optimism but chances are at a premium against Djokovic and he needs to take them.
You can already see that Djokovic is electing to hunt Berrettini’s backhand and two unforced errors suggest that tactic is worthwhile.
But the first break point to the Italian… an odd opening game for Djokovic but he does force a deuce with a swift one-two punch on his serve.
Berrettini could really do with an early break here.
Rare double fault from Djokovic gifts Berrettini the first point of the match before Berrettini plants a second serve from the Serbian into the net.
A 77mph serve, that’s a gimme for the Italian, can’t waste those.
Both players look nervous, Djokovic coming into the net on the third point but dragging his forehand winner wide.
Funny moment just now on BBC as Boris Becker is saved by a net from a rapid serve by Matteo Berrettini.
It happened twice and it tickled host Sue Barker who quickly moved out of the way.
Moments away now
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A quick reminder of the exclusive by MIKE DICKSON earlier this week about today’s chair umpire…
Berrettini wins the toss and he will hope it’s a sign of things to come.
Lovely moment as a young boy gets to do the toss and gets a photo with both players at the net.
What a moment for him!
Huge roar as the players emerge from the tunnel for a packed out Centre Court.
Djokovic steely-eyed as normal. This is Berrettini’s first Grand Slam final so god knows how he is keeping it cool in moments like these.
Jonathan has passed the baton on so buckle up for what we hope is an SW19 classic…
MIKE DICKSON: The Covid crisis has provided Novak Djokovic with his share of public relations disasters, but in an unexpected way the pandemic has also helped him at this year’s Wimbledon.
The player who last summer stumbled from controversial vaccine statements to the disastrous Adria Tour he tried to promote, has benefited from one of the changes necessitated during the 2021 Championships.
This has come in the form of the immediate post-match interviews — now having to be conducted in open air — and his unlikely bromance with Rishi Persad, the BBC’s gentle interrogator.
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We are just over 10 minutes away from the final getting underway now!
What are your predictions? Can Djokovic be stopped in his quest for history, or will Berrettini spoil his party?
Certainly shouldn’t be all too straight-forward for the world No 1…
How to beat Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon is a problem even the so-called King of Grass, Roger Federer, could not work out. Djokovic has beaten Federer in all three of their All England finals and goes into Sunday’s match-up against Matteo Berrettini. He hasn’t lost a singles match here since 2016.
The runaway favourite this year pulled out with a third-round injury in 2017 and has been invincible on Centre Court ever since.
To find out how, or if, the top seed just might be beaten, we canvassed the great and the good of the game for some top tennis tips.
You can see what they had to say below…
Hello everyone and welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of the Wimbledon’s men’s final.
What a Super Sunday this is… as Novak Djokovic looks to win his 20th Grand Slam with victory over the tricky Matteo Berrettini on Centre Court before England’s Euro 2020 final showdown with Italy.
It promises to be a memorable day in the sporting calendar, and one we cannot wait for.
Stick with us, as we bring you live updates throughout the Wimbledon men’s final!
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