Novak not looking past Berrettini

10 July 2021 19:19:00 GMTPlus11

A victory on Sunday will see Novak Djokovic equal the men's record for most Grand Slams but the Serb says he expects a "great battle" against Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final.

The top seed currently stands on 19 Grand Slams and winning Wimbledon at 2/9 will see him tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's benchmark of 20.

Berrettini, who is 7/2 to win the tournament, cannot be ruled out, though. The Italian arrived at SW19 on the back of triumphing at Queen's and while this will be his maiden major final, demonstrated his form on Friday in firing down 22 aces on his way to a 6-3 6-0 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 win over Poland's Hubert Hurkacz.

Djokovic, meanwhile, overcame Canada's Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-5 in Friday's second semi-final and Sunday will mark the 30th time he has appeared in the showpiece at one of the sport's four biggest tournaments.

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The 34-year-old admits equalling the record set by Federer and Nadal has been driving him on this year and victory at Wimbledon would maintain his hopes of a Calendar Slam, having already won both the Australian and French Opens in 2021.

Now, though, he is keen to concetrate on the task at hand, with the top seed insisting that his focus is on beating Berrettini.

"It would mean everything," he said. "That's why I'm here. That's why I'm playing. I imagined myself being in a position to fight for another Grand Slam trophy prior to coming to London. I put myself in a very good position.

"Anything is possible in the final. Obviously experience is on my side. But Berrettini has been winning a lot of matches on grass courts this year, winning Queen's.

"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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