John McEnroe Plays Down Matteo Berrettini’s Chances Against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon Championships 2021 Finals

Published 07/11/2021, 7:58 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 9, 2021 Itay’s Matteo Berrettini reacts during his semi final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Toby Melville


It’s the final day of the Wimbledon Championships 2021 and we have the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic take on Matteo Berrettini. On the few occasions the two have played in the past, it has always been the Serb who has emerged on the winning side. 

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Recently, American legend John McEnroe spoke on the finals at the Championships this year. With the form Djokovic has been in, it is hard to disregard him as the favorite. After winning the first couple of Grand Slam events this season, one expects him to beat Matteo Berrettini in the final.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in action during his quarter final match against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Playing down the Italian’s chances, McEnroe stated, “It is going to be hard for Berrettini to handle the nerves. We saw that in the women’s final with Pliskova, it is tough. But he knows his best tennis is on grass and needs to let it all hang out. I think he will win at least a set, but I wouldn’t pick him to win the match.”

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Matteo Berrettini will need his ‘A’ game

McEnroe analyzed the Italian’s chances and revealed that he will have to make the most of his strengths. He needs to make Djokovic feel uncomfortable. The serve and the forehand will have to be at their best if he stands a chance to beat the World No. 1.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his quarter final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The seven-time Major holder further added, “Berrettini has a puncher’s chance. He has a huge serve and a huge forehand, but it is about whether he can execute and take it to Djokovic enough. If he can get Djokovic on his heels often enough then it could be competitive.”

Prior to the Championships, Djokovic had faced Berrettini in the quarterfinals of the French Open. It was a four-set match and Berrettini did cause some discomfort to the Serb in that match. However, it will be interesting to see how things turn out when they face each other in the final at the All England Club.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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