Defending men’s Wimbledon champion and top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia will be battling it out with Matteo Berrettini of Italy for the title this Sunday, July 11th at the All England Tennis Club just outside of London, England.
Djokovic, who is ranked number one in the world, reached the final again by beating 22-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov on Friday by scores of 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-5 despite trailing in each of the first two sets. Meanwhile, Berrettini earned his chance in the spotlight with a 6-3 6-0 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 victory over Hubert Hurkacz of Poland.
The seventh-seeded and world’s ninth-ranked Berrettini, who recently won the Queen’s Club Championship in England, becomes the first Italian to reach Wimbledon’s men’s singles final and will be competing in his first Grand Slam final overall. In fact, the 25-year-old is the first Italian male to make it to a Grand Slam final since 1976 when Adriano Panatta reached the finale of the French Open.
Djokovic, who has won the Wimbledon tournament five times already, won the event in 2018 and 2019 before it was canceled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A win on Sunday will see the 34-year-old tie Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at 20 men’s Grand Slam titles in his career and will be competing in his 30th major final overall.
Beating the 10th-seeded Shapovalov for the eighth time in eight tries took a lot of effort from Djokovic, however his experience proved to be the difference as the young Canadian was competing in his first major semi-final match.
As for Berrettini, he became the first man to win the recent Queen’s Championship on his debut since 1985 when Boris Becker achieved the feat. Becker then went on to win Wimbledon later that year.
Berrettini smashed 22 aces in his semifinal showdown with the 24-year-old Hurkacz and displayed excellent power on his serve and forehand as well as pinpoint accuracy. The 14th-seeded Hurkacz had eliminated eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer from the tournament in straight sets during the quarterfinals.
Djokovic and Berrettini have faced each other just twice before with Djokovic winning both matches. These came at the Nitto ATP Finals in the UK on hard-surface indoors in 2019 and at this year’s French Open quarterfinals on outdoor clay surface in four sets. Djokovic then went on to win the French Open.
Djokovic enters the final with a 20-match winning streak at stake and hasn’t dropped a set since meeting Jack Draper in the opening round of Wimbledon. He then beat Kevin Anderson, Denis Kudla, Cristian Garin and Marton Fucsovics before taking care of Shapovalov.
Berrettini has won 17 of his past 19 matches on grass and beat Guido Pella, Botic Van De Zandschulp, Ilya Ivashka, Aljaz Bedene and Felix Auger-Aliassime for the chance to meet Hurkacz in the final-four.
Listed as the favorite in the Wimbledon final is Djokovic as Bet365 has him at 1/5 to lift his third straight title there while Berrettini is 19/5.
There are also several other game, set and result-related wagers to make on the match and Bet365 will also be offering live in-play betting during the action.