“Would Mean Everything”: Novak Djokovic Sums up His Quest to Equal Federer and Nadal at Wimbledon

Published 07/10/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 9, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his semi final match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov REUTERS/Paul Childs

Novak Djokovic is on the cusp of history at the ongoing Wimbledon Championships. While the Serbian reached his seventh final in the grass court Grand Slam, he could tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most career Grand Slam victories this Sunday.

After his semifinal victory over Denis Shapovalov, the World No. 1 summed up what a win would mean to him.

Novak Djokovic admits winning his 20th Grand Slam would “mean everything”


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After successfully clinching the Australian Open and French Open earlier this year, Djokovic arrived at Wimbledon in top form. Since Jack Draper took him to four sets in the first round, the Serb never looked back. In fact, the World No. 1 is yet to drop another set since losing the first set in his match with Draper.

With Nadal not participating and Federer crashing out in the quarterfinals, Djokovic remains the lone member of the ‘Big 3’ still playing at Wimbledon. Should the Serbian defeat Matteo Berrettini in tomorrow’s final, he will tie Federer and Nadal with his 20th career Grand Slam.

Ahead of Sunday’s showdown, Djokovic admitted matching those two players means everything to him. He said, “Well, it would mean everything and that’s why I’m here. It’s why I’m playing, and I imagine myself being in a position to fight for another Grand Slam trophy prior to coming to London. And I put myself in a very good position.” 


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Djokovic: Looking forward to a great battle with Berrettini


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Although the Serbian believes experience gives him an advantage on Sunday, he acknowledged Berrettini’s form in the grass court season. Hence, the Serbian believes the final could be a challenging task for both players.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 9, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic attends a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Joe Toth

He said, “Anything is possible in the finals. Obviously experience is on my side, but Berrettini has been winning a lot of matches on grass courts this year. He’s in great form. He’s serving big, playing big. So, it’s going to be a very tough match I think for both of us. But, I’m looking forward to a great battle.”


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Although the World No. 1 is the overwhelming favorite for tomorrow’s final, Berrettini playing style could be a threat to the Serb’s chances. Can Djokovic clinch his sixth title in his seventh final at Wimbledon on July 11? Only time will tell.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.