Despite a slow start, Matteo Berrettini rallied from 2-5 down in the first set, saving a set point en route to taking a 7-6(4) lead against five-time champion Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.

Berrettini is going for national history. Already the first Italian to make the final at The Championships, he is trying to become the first man from his country to claim Grand Slam glory since Adriano Panatta triumphed at Roland Garros in 1976. The only other Italian man in history to win a major was Nicola Pietrangeli, who emerged victorious in Paris in 1959 and 1960.

Djokovic, the World No. 1, is trying to win his 20th Grand Slam title, which would tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s all-time men’s singles record. The 34-year-old is also pursuing the Calendar-Year Grand Slam, and a victory today would give him his third major trophy of the season. No man has won the season’s first three Grand Slams since Rod Laver claimed all four in 1969. 

Match Stats – Djokovic vs Berrettini (Through 1st Set)

 Stat  Novak Djokovic  Matteo Berrettini
 Aces  1  4
 1st-Serve Pts Won  84% (21/25)  76% (26/34)
 2nd-Serve Pts Won  41% (7/17)  41% (11/27)
 Break Pts Converted  33% (1/3)  33% (1/3)
 Winners  6  17
 Unforced Errors  10  20

Djokovic got off to a slow serving start, hitting three double faults in his first two service games to put himself into trouble. But Berrettini could not capitalise, failing to put a forehand return into play on a break point in his first return game.

The top seed took full advantage when he found his rhythm at 2-1. The five-time Wimbledon champion converted his second break point of the match with tremendous depth off a defensive open-stance backhand, a shot that Berrettini was unable to handle. The Serbian’s inability to secure a second break at 5-2 — when he held a set point — proved costly. 

The seventh seed, who misfired from the baseline early on, found his rhythm and began taking control of baseline rallies. Berrettini battled hard to get back on serve and then used his forehand power to take the lead in the tie-break, finishing the set off with his fourth ace. 

This is the pair’s third ATP Head2Head clash. Djokovic leads their series 2-0, including a four-set win in this year’s Roland Garros quarter-finals.

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