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Wimbledon lookahead: Djokovic vs Berrettini in men’s final

July 10, 2021 GMT
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning a point against Canada's Denis Shapovalov during the men's singles semifinals match on day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning a point against Canada's Denis Shapovalov during the men's singles semifinals match on day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — LOOKAHEAD TO SUNDAY

Novak Djokovic will face Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final with a chance to win a record-tying 20th Grand Slam title. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal share that men’s mark. The top-seeded Djokovic’s 30th major final will be the seventh-seeded Berrettini’s first — and the first at any major for any man from Italy since Adriano Panatta won the 1976 French Open. The key to the title match could be Berrettini’s massive serves against Djokovic’s best-in-the-business returns. It also could come down to how Berrettini handles the occasion. Djokovic recalls not having enough self-belief when he lost his first major final to Federer at the 2007 U.S. Open. Berrettini remembers being wowed by Wimbledon when he played in the junior event as a teenager. “For me, it was just absurd. I asked myself, ‘Who knows if one day I’ll return and play in the main tournament, even just in qualifying? I have no idea.’ And now I’m in the final,” he said with a laugh. And then the 25-year-old added: “So it’s all a bit strange. But what’s beautiful ... is that I’m much more aware of what I can do now. I know I can do this, because I’m here.” He has won 11 matches in a row, all on grass courts, since losing to Djokovic in the French Open quarterfinals on clay last month. Djokovic enters Sunday with winning streaks of 20 matches at Wimbledon, dating to 2018, and 20 matches at Grand Slam tournaments this year.

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SUNDAY’S FORECAST

Cloudy. High of 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 Celsius).

SATURDAY’S WEATHER

Cloudy. High of 64 degrees Fahrenheit (18 Celsius).

SATURDAY’S KEY RESULTS

Women’s Singles Final: No. 1 Ash Barty beat No. 8 Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 for her second Grand Slam title, first at Wimbledon.

Men’s Doubles Final: No. 1 Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic beat Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-5.

Women’s Doubles Final: No. 3 Hsieh Su-wei and Elise Mertens beat Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina 3-6, 7-5, 9-7.

STAT OF THE DAY

14 — Number of consecutive points won by Barty to start the final.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It took me a long time to verbalize the fact that I wanted to dare to dream it and say I wanted to win this incredible tournament.” — Barty.

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