Novak Djokovic has a relatively more straightforward run to the finals of the most coveted slams of the year. He has just lost 1 set in the built-up to his finals and is looking stronger than ever. Experts believe that this is the best chance for Novak to complete his career gold slam.
He has confirmed his participation in the Olympics this year. On the other hand, Matteo Berrettini faced some hiccups but has reached his first-ever grand slam finals. He also created history by becoming the first Italian to reach the finals of Wimbledon. Italian tennis is on the surge, and Berrettini, whose game is best suited for grass-court, will not make it easy for Novak Djokovic. Novak Djokovic has won both the matches they have played against each other on head-to-head front. Novak Djokovic is at 19 grand slams, and one more slam will make him equal the record of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
The center court SW19 has been a little indifferent this year as many players have slid. Chances of rain are slim, but the center court has a roof that will negate the wind advantage that Djokovic has had thus far. No players had the answers to Novak’s ground shots, and his wide serve has made sure that he hasn’t been broken much at this year’s championships. All eyes would be on him as he and his coach have often complained that Novak doesn’t receive the same kind of admiration that his counterpart like Federer and Nadal receives from the crowd. Today, the crowd will be Shouting for him as the 5-time champion at Wimbledon can rewrite history if he wins today. Novak is in the best form of his life, and he would like to cash in on that.
His confidence would be sky high as he was two sets down at the French Open final and won it from there. His strategy is clear this time around to be a little aggressive. Though he is a baseliner, he has won many points on the net this year. All eyes would be on him to perform to his best and lift the much-coveted trophy.
On the other hand, Matteo was in a rather simple draw because both the top-ranked players, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev were knocked out before he could meet them. He won this year’s Queen and was termed the third favorite to win the title this time around. His powerful cross-court winners and long serves have proven handy. He has been serving over 130mph consistently, and his opponents have found it hard to return those services.
He has lost few sets before reaching the finals. Still, he will be going all out as he knows he has to bring his A-game to have any chance of beating the defending champion, Novak Djokovic. The head-to-head record doesn’t matter at this point in time, as they have never met in the finals, and if he could hold his nerve and win big moments, we will be in for history. Don’t plan any dinner night today as it will be a cracker of a contest, and hopefully, the match will go down to the wire.
Matteo is a seasoned campaigner now, and a slam at this age will put his name right up there with the players included in the list of Next-gen players. Players like Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Dominic Thiem have looked promising, and having his name beside them will be a huge confidence booster for them.