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Sport Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic pays tribute to Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal

22:26  11 july  2021
22:26  11 july  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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  Djokovic wins sixth Wimbledon and 20th Grand Slam Novak Djokovic equalled Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's record of 20 Grand Slam titles as the world No 1 claimed his sixth Wimbledon crown.Djokovic eventually overawed Italian seventh seed Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4 6-3 on Centre Court to become the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the first three titles of the year, keeping him on track to emulate the Australian by claiming a calendar Grand Slam.

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Novak Djokovic believes the success of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal has made him the player he is today after the world No 1 equalled his rivals' record of 20 Grand Slam titles.

Djokovic capped off a fine two weeks at Wimbledon by leaving with the title following a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 win over Italy's Matteo Berrettini.

Victory meant Djokovic lifted his sixth Wimbledon title and his 20th overall in what adds to a sensational 2021 where he has already won both the Australian Open and the French Open.

When pushed on the impact Federer and Nadal have had on his ambition to win every single event he enters, Djokovic was full of praise for the Swiss and the Spaniard.

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'Winning Wimbledon was always the biggest dream, I can't take this for granted,' he said.

'Going from a seven-year-old boy in Serbia constructing a Wimbledon trophy in his bedroom to this, it's incredible.'

Djokovic has vowed that his 'incredible' journey does not end here as he eyes a 21st Slam title © Provided by Daily Mail Djokovic has vowed that his 'incredible' journey does not end here as he eyes a 21st Slam title

On equalling the record of 20 Slams, he added: 'It means none of us three will stop, I have to pay tribute to Roger and Rafa, they are legends and the two most important I faced in my career.

'They are the reason I am where I am today.

'When I broke into the top 10 I lost most of my big matches against these guys. It's been an incredible journey and it's not stopping here.'

Djokovic, who is registered for the Tokyo Olympic Games later this month, is now one Grand Slam away from a famous 'Golden Slam' - winning all four majors in a single calendar year.

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  Djokovic through to Wimbledon showdown with Berrettini Novak Djokovic repelled the threat of young Canadian Denis Shapovalov to stay on course for his sixth Wimbledon crown and record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title.On his 16th consecutive appearance at the All England Club, the world No 1 and top seed reached his seventh Wimbledon final after defeating 22-year-old Shapovalov, making his Grand Slam semi-final debut, 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-5.

'I could definitely envision that happening (the calendar Grand Slam),' he added with a smile.

a man holding a racket on a court: For Matteo Berrettini he felt his Grand Slam final debut was 'almost too much to handle' © Provided by Daily Mail For Matteo Berrettini he felt his Grand Slam final debut was 'almost too much to handle'

'I'm going to give it a shot. I'm in great form and playing my best tennis at Grand Slams is my priority so let's keep it going.'

Berrettini, who impressed on his Grand Slam final debut, said in defeat: 'It was an unbelievable feeling, almost too much to handle.

'(Djokovic) is writing the history of this sport. I'm really happy for the final, hopefully it won't be my last one. For me it's not the end, it's the beginning of a great career.'

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