2021 Wimbledon Day 12 Recap: Ash Barty Claims Her Second Grand Slam Title
Follow all the action as Novak Djokovic faces Matteo Berrettini in the men’s final at Wimbledon.
The defending champion knows victory this afternoon will not only see him equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s men’s grand slam record but also take him one step closer to completing a Golden Slam. The world No 1 has lost just one set all tournament, against Britain’s Jack Draper in the opening round, and is bidding to retain the title for a third tournament in succession. “[Berrettini] is in great form. He’s serving big, playing big,” said Djokovic. “So it’s going to be a very tough match I think for both of us. But I’m looking forward to a great battle.”
Berrettini, who won the Queen’s Club Championships in the lead-up to Wimbledon, has been in tremendous form and defeated Roger Federer’s conqueror, Hubert Hurkacz, in four sets in the previous round. The first Italian to reach the Wimbledon final, his serve has at times been unstoppable, already delivering over 100 aces in the tournament, and that weapon will present difficult even for Djokovic. “My first final in Wimbledon, it’s just crazy to think about it,” said Berrettini. “I think I never dreamed about this because it was too much for a dream.” Follow all the action live below:
WIMBLEDON 2021: DJOKOVIC 3-1 BERRETTINI
Djokovic breaks! Berrettini saves one break point with a huge serve but Djokovic is finding a way to control the Italian’s power, draws him into longer baseline rallies, and in those exchanges, Berrettini is always a clear second best.
Tom Kershaw11 July 2021 14:31
WIMBLEDON 2021: DJOKOVIC 2-1 BERRETTINI
Another double fault from Djokovic! He’s 0-30 down on serve when Berrettini misses a routine forehand a the net. It might only be the early stages of this final, but the Italian will rue that opportunity. Djokovic recovers, finds an ace to ease the pressure and another big serve seals the hold.
Tom Kershaw11 July 2021 14:24
WIMBLEDON 2021: DJOKOVIC 1-1 BERRETTINI
A tentative start from Berrettini too, whose two errors leave him at 30-30. But just when he needed his big serve, it fires true and that hold will help to shake some of his early nerves.
Tom Kershaw11 July 2021 14:22
WIMBLEDON 2021: DJOKOVIC 1-0 BERRETTINI
A very uncharacteristic start as Djokovic begins with a double fault. At 0-15, he then produces a meagre 77mph second serve that Berrettini manages to drag into the net. Unforced errors follow from each player before Djokovic double faults again! Berrettini has his first break point of the match but Djokovic manages to recover, finds his serve, and closes out a very shaky first game.
Tom Kershaw11 July 2021 14:15
WIMBLEDON 2021: DJOKOVIC TO SERVE
Here we go then. Novak Djokovic will serve as the men’s final gets underway.
Tom Kershaw11 July 2021 14:10
WIMBLEDON 2021: PLAYERS WARM-UP
Djokovic looks absolutely nervous and that’s no surprise. This is his 30th grand slam final. He sprints to the baseline and can’t wait to get warm. For Berrettini, this is an entirely new experience. Can he handle the pressure?
Tom Kershaw11 July 2021 14:05
WIMBLEDON 2021: PLAYERS WALK OUT ON COURT
Berrettini and Djokovic walk out to the sound of a huge roar on Centre Court.
Tom Kershaw11 July 2021 14:00
WIMBLEDON 2021: HENMAN SAYS BERRETTINI MUST SET EARLY TONE
Tim Henman believes Matteo Berrettini must dictate the early games and settle into the same pattern that’s seen him lose just six out of 38 matches this year.
“The early exchanges, the first seven games or so, if Berrettini can keep in touch and get the crowd on his side then you begin to paint the picture of how an upset could happen today,” he tells the BBC.
Tom Kershaw11 July 2021 13:50
WIMBLEDON 2021: REID DEFEATED BY GERARD IN FINAL
Over on Court No 3, Britain’s Gordon Reid has been defeated by Joachim Gerard 2-6 6-7 in the final of the men’s wheelchair singles.
Tom Kershaw11 July 2021 13:45
WIMBLEDON 2021: DJOKOVIC NOT EXPECTING CROWD SUPPORT
“Berrettini is kind of an underdog,” he said. “People also like to see someone win who is an underdog or is not maybe expected to win, is not the favourite to win. But hopefully people can also recognise also the importance of this match for me, the history that is on the line.”
Tom Kershaw11 July 2021 13:35