Novak Djokovic won his third consecutive Wimbledon title on Sunday by defeating Matteo Berrettini in four sets and placing the Serbian tennis star in the elite class of players in the history of the sport. This victory is the sixth in the overall standings for Djokovic in the legendary British Championship.
Sunday’s tournament sees Djokovic win 20 Grand Slam titles, a record that has so far been shared by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
He acknowledged the other greats after Sunday’s win.
“I have to pay tribute to Brava and Roger, they are legends of our sport and the most important players I have faced in my career,” Djokovic said. “They are the reason I am where I am today. They have shown me what I need to do to become stronger physically, tactically and mentally. Over the past 10 years it has been an amazing journey that doesn’t stop here.”
Djokovic says Wimbledon’s success is particularly remarkable
Djokovic’s other Grand Slam titles include nine victories at the Australian Open, three at the US Open, and two at the French Open. But he said victories in the All England Club are in the lead.
“Winning Wimbledon has always been my big dream when I was a kid and I have to remind myself how special it is and not take it for granted,” Djokovic said after Sunday’s win. “It is a great honor and privilege.”
Djokovic, 34, is now the only man to win his first three majors in a season since Australian Rod Laver took the feat in 1969.
Now, Djokovic could set his sights on sweeping the Grand Slam on the Tour this season with a victory at the US Open in late August – again, the last time a male player did when Laver did 52 years ago.
He said he would aim to be in as good shape as possible before entering the final race.
“I definitely can [envision] “It’s happening and I hope to try it,” he said. “I’m in good shape, I’ve played well and playing my best in a Grand Slam is my number one priority.”