Novak Djokovic is in his 30th Grand Slam final with a semifinal victory in straight sets at the All England Club on Friday.
However, it was far from an easy task.
Djokovic was challenged throughout, edging Canadian Denis Shapovalov by the slimmest of margins 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-5 to go through.
Djokovic, ranked No. 1 in the world, is going for a calendar Grand Slam having won the Australian and French Open in 2021.
He’s also going for a 20th major championship, which would tie him with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for most all-time.
His 30th final berth is the second most all-time behind Federer’s 31.
Djokovic, 34, is in his seventh Wimbledon final and enters it having won 18 consecutive sets.
He forced a tiebreaker and closed the first set after Shapovalov sent a forehand wide.
In the second, he broke at 5-5 and served his way out to the win.
However Djokovic was gracious enough to admit that Shapovalov was a tough opponent.
“I don’t think that the scoreline says enough about the performance and the match,” Djokovic said later.
Berrettini creates history
Matteo Berrettini stormed into his first Grand Slam final behind a 6-3, 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-4 over Hubert Hurkacz in the semifinals at the All England Club on Friday.
He is the first Italian man to reach the Wimbledon final and is coming off a semifinal appearance at the French Open.
Berrettini, seeded seventh, relied on his serve and forehand to create winners and took advantage of 11 straight game victories.
Hurkacz came back in the final set to give the Italian a tough time and forced a fourth set.
However, Berrettini used his serve to get out of it and move into his first Grand Slam final of his career.
Hurkacz, the No. 14 seed, made it this far with a stunning straight-sets victory against Roger Federer.
It was the first time in 19 years Federer had lost in straight sets and Hurkacz finished it off with a 6-0 set.
He came into his first-ever Grand Slam semifinal having defeated the No. 2 and No. 6 seeds in the tournament draw.