12.07.2021, 09:28

Djokovic triumphs at Wimbledon to secure record-equalling 20th major

 
Djokovic triumphs at Wimbledon to secure record-equalling 20th major

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Italy's Matteo Berrettini. (Photo: Reuters)   

Novak Djokovic had the weight of tennis history on his shoulders and an Italian with dynamite on his racket strings to contend with but emerged victorious to earn a sixth Wimbledon and a record-levelling 20th Grand Slam title on Sunday.


Matteo Berrettini unleashed everything in his formidable arsenal to rock Djokovic in a riveting contest. But it was not enough to stop the indefatigable Serb, who found his best when required, to pull through 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4 6-3 on what looks like being a momentous day in the raging argument about who will go down as the greatest of all time.

* Serbia's Novak Djokovic said on Sunday he was “50-50” about competing at the Tokyo Olympics later this month following the organisers’ decision to ban fans from attending and the restrictions on the number of people he can take to the Games.

* The UK welcomed a new Grand Slam champion in the form of Neal Skupski as he partnered American Desirae Krawczyk to the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon on Sunday. The seventh seeds beat all-British duo Harriet Dart and Joe Salisbury 6-2 7-6(1) on Centre Court. It was Krawczyk's second successive Grand Slam success after she and Salisbury won the French Open in June.

* Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama has withdrawn from The Open at Royal St George's after his recent COVID-19 diagnosis and inability to practice properly in time for the year's final major, the Japanese golfer said on Sunday.

* Former US Open champion Lucas Glover notched his first PGA Tour victory in more than a decade on Sunday (Jul 11), firing a final-round 64 to win the John Deere Classic by two strokes. Glover had eight birdies in his seven-under par effort at Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois, lifting a trophy for the first time since the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship.

* American Sepp Kuss claimed his maiden victory on the Tour de France with a solo ride in the 15th stage as defending champion Tadej Pogacar was barely bothered in the 191.3km mountain trek from Ceret to Andorra on Sunday (Jul 11). The Jumbo-Visma rider held off Alejandro Valverde in the descent to the finish with the Spanish veteran taking second place 23 seconds behind.

* Daegu FC claimed the last spot in the Asian Champions League Round of 16 when the Republic of Korean side's 4-0 win over United City FC of the Philippines on Sunday saw them pip Hong Kong (China)’s Kitchee to the remaining group runners-up qualifying spot.


Reuters