Djokovic equals Grand Slam record!
By Ryno Moolman
In a year of panic in the midst of a pandemic, Wimbledon concluded on Sunday the 11th of July 2021. With spectators allowed back at the All-England Lawn Tennis Club, it was set to be a spectacular festival as it was in 2019. It was world nr 1 Novak Djokovic who walked away with his 20th grand slam title, equalling the record held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic defeated Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in 4 sets in the final on Sunday. This was Berrettini’s best performance in a grand slam event as he reaches his first ever Grand Slam final. After reaching the finals in Wimbledon, Berrettini moved up to 8th place on the ATP rankings. Djokovic remains nr 1 on the ATP rankings. A spot he has held for a record 329 consecutive weeks. After Wimbledon was cancelled in 2020, many top ranked players returned to the well-known grass court event. This included 8th time Wimbledon winner, Roger Federer. Federer got off to a good start by winning his first 4 matches. In the quarter-final Federer fell short against Polish tennis player Hubert Hurkacz. Federer has moved a spot down on the ATP rankings as he is now ranked 9th. In the women’s category, Australia’s Ashleigh Barty, has won her first Wimbledon title. Barty, ranked 1st, played against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova in the final and achieved success in 3 sets.
Djokovic has won all three Grand Slam tournaments so far in 2021 and is set to become only the second tennis player to win all 4 Grand Slams in a calendar year should he win the American Open which is set to start on 30 August 2021. The only player to achieve this feat was Steffi Graf who won all 4 Grand Slams in 1988. Graf also won an Olympic Gold Medal in the same year. Will Djokovic become the first men’s player to achieve this record? Only time will tell.
Source: Wimbledon Website