Ernest Omoarelojie with Agency Reports
It’s not been too long in coming but he served noticed long ago that he was on his way to rule the tennis world. At the centre court on Sunday, Novak Djokovic, the Serbian maestro, came from one 6-7 set down to brush aside the Matteo Barettini 4-6, 4-6 and 6-3 opposition at the Sunday’s Wimbledon final to retain the crown.
Barettini said after the match:
“He is writing the history in the sport. Hopefully it won’t be my last one here. Really great run. Couldn’t ask more. Maybe a little bit more. Congrats to Novak’s team. They are doing something unbelievable. My family, my team, my friends and everyone there. It’s a long journey and hopefully it’s a beginning of a great career. Grazie! Let’s keep trying!”
With the title, his 6th Wimbledon crown, he is at par with both Legendary Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both of whom have mopped up 20th grand slams titles. We’ll, now, it’s my Djokovic.
Many tennis buffs at the Arthur Ashe centre court weren’t exactly at any loss that Djokovic top the foremost podium position at this year’s Wimbledon. The reasons are not far to see. Besides serving ample notice at the Roland Garros where he trounced clay court impresario and specialist, Rafael Nadal, whom many gave the edge no matter how slight at the semi final, he is now reputed to possess the ability overcome wacky starts which usually sees him go down by a set before rising like the legendary Phoenix to subsume his opponent.
Djokovic did it in style against, Stefanos Tsitsipas, his French Open final opponent, before making it a patent mark against both Denis Shapovalov and Barettini in the semi and final of Wimbledon, one of the world’s most iconic and certainly England’s most respected tennis tourney. Little wonder, one of the tournament’s commentators exclaimed, “It’s Djokovic” at the end of the very exciting game.
The outcome of the first set wasn’t exactly unexpected as the Centre Court’s 15,000 crowd was mainly partisan on the side of the Italian 9th side. But the ovation was not enough for the 25 year-old Barettini as he couldn’t hold on to the early advantage. Not when the 35 year-old Serbian and world number 1 again dug deep into his blistering reservoir of racket experience show his opponent what experience is all about.
With Wimbledon in his kitty, Djokovic now has all of 2021 three grand slams locked up in his trophy cabinet having already claimed both the Australian and French Opens titles. The feat makes him the fifth man in history and second in the Open era after Rod Laver.