Record-equalling Novak Djokovic seals sixth Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic claimed his sixth Wimbledon title after coming from behind to defeat Matteo Berrettini 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

The world number one also took his Grand Slam singles tally to 20; moving joint-top with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time list.

The record-equalling triumph moved Djokovic three-quarters of the way to achieving the Calendar Slam, having already landed the Australian and French Open crowns in 2021.

Due to participate in the Tokyo Olympics later this month, he is also on course for a Golden Slam; a feat only previously achieved by Steffi Graf 33 years ago.

It was the Serb’s third consecutive success at SW19; matching the feats of Federer, Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg.

The 34-year-old was appearing in his seventh Wimbledon final, while this was Berrettini’s maiden voyage into the Centre Court showpiece.

The first Italian finalist at the All England Club – and first in a Slam showpiece since Nicola Pietrangeli triumphed at the 1976 French Open – the Queen’s Club champion arrived having won 151 of his 158 service games on grass in 2021.

However, he was broken in game four after pulling a baseline forehand wide with nerves of the unprecedented occasion evident.

Nevertheless, Berrettini demonstrated impressive character to recover from 5-2 down by breaking back in game 10 on the way to forcing a tie-break, which he controlled 7-4 to draw first blood.

The 25-year-old had never lost at Wimbledon after winning the opening set, but this was a completely different proposition.

Buoyed by dropping a set for the first time since victory over Jack Draper in the opening round, Djokovic hit back immediately; breaking twice on the way to opening up a commanding 4-0 lead.

And although Berrettini recovered one of them, the Serb served out to love to level things up.

Another early break put the top seed in control of the third set, which went with serve before the Italian sent a forehand wide that presented Djokovic with a 2-1 lead.

Berrettini’s sheer power continued to serve as dangerous weapon in his armoury. Indeed, he hit 16 aces throughout the final.

But the most untimely of double-faults at 30-40 in game seven culminated in a pivotal break for Djokovic, who subsequently held before a stray backhand into the net handed him a sixth triumph at SW19.

Novak Djokovic will be looking for his 6th Wimbledon title when he takes on Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the final of the Wimbledon 2021.

Novak Djokovic is currently on a 20-match winning streak here at Wimbledon, having won the previous two titles. This year at Wimbledon, Nole has dropped just one set in six matches, which was against wildcard Jack Draper in the opening round.

The Serb had one of the easiest routes to the finals of a Grand Slam, with four of his opponents being ranked outside the top 40. He is now one victory away to secure a third consecutive win in the Grand Slam finals, after recently lifting the trophy at the Australian Open over Medvedev and French Open against Tsitsipas.

Meanwhile, Matteo Berrettini has been considered one of the favorites to win Wimbledon since the start of the tournament. The Italian is currently on an 11-match winning streak on grass after recently winning the title in Queen’s.

After dropping a set against Guido Pella in the opening round of this Wimbledon, Matteo stormed into the quarterfinals by beating the likes of Van De Zandschulp, Bedene, and Ivashka in straight sets. He then got two four-set victories over Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz to set up this final against Nole.

Over 3.5 Sets at odds of 19/25 with Bet365 looks to be on the cards here after the most recent meeting between these two at the French Open which ended in four sets.

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Ashleigh Barty claimed his first Wimbledon title after beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 in the final on Saturday.

The world number one became the first Australian woman to triumph at SW19 since Evonne Goolalong Cawley in 1980 following an intriguing battle that lasted just under two hours on Centre Court.

Junior champion here 10 years earlier, Barty is also now the fourth player to follow that up with success in the ladies’ singles after Ann Jones, Martina Hingis and Amelie Mauresmo.

Not since 1977 had two first-time finalists competed for the Venus Rosewater Dish at Wimbledon, when home favourite Virginia Wade beat Betty Stove.

It was also a second Slam showpiece for both players, who had never previously been beyond round four at the All England Club.

Five years after reaching the US Open final, Pliskova’s nerves were evident during the early stages and Barty took full advantage; winning each of the first 14 points to open a commanding 4-0 advantage.

The Czech finally settled and reduced the arrears to 5-3 before the Australian served out the first set to love.

Aiming to add to her 2019 French Open title, Barty then took early command of the second; breaking in game three and winning eight consecutive points to move 3-1 ahead.

Pliskova, who came from behind to see off second seed Aryna Sabalenka in the semi-finals, hit back almost immediately but appeared to be on the ropes when she was broken from 40-0 up in game 11.

Nevertheless, the eighth seed held her nerve to break back to 15 and force a tie-break, which she dominated 7-4 to level.

That was the first set Barty had dropped since her opening-round victory over Carla Suarez Navarro almost two weeks earlier.

But the 25-year-old quickly dusted herself down and restored her authority on proceedings; Pliskova broken in the second game after sending a straightforward volley into the net.

It went with serve from there as the Czech desperately held on, but a stray backhand into the net in game nine sealed an emotional victory for Barty 50 years after compatriot Goolalong Cawley landed her maiden title here.

Ashleigh Barty is eyeing a second Grand Slam title when she takes on Karolina Pliskova in the final of Wimbledon 2021 on Saturday from 2pm BST.

Barty has dropped a single set in her six matches at Wimbledon 2021, which was against Carla Suarez-Navarro in the opening round. As the tournament progressed, Barty’s confidence in her physical state rose along with the lever of her tennis. She proved that in the Semi-Finals, where she was 5-3 down in the second set against Angelique Kerber, but she came back and won the set in a tiebreak. Barty has won the Roland Garros title in 2019 and she is yet to lose in a final of a Grand Slam.

Pliskova, on the other hand, is back into a Grand Slam final after five years since her first one. Karolina Pliskova has played just one seed in her route to the Wimbledon 2021 final, which was Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinals. The Czech has lost in the final of a major before, as she finished runner-up to Angelique Kerber in 2016 at the US Open.

Barty has won the previous three meetings with Pliskova and has dropped two sets in the process. We expect a close contest between these two, so our prediction is Over 21.5 Games at odds of 4/5 with Bet365.

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Novak Djokovic is through to his seventh Wimbledon final after beating a stubborn Denis Shapovalov in straight sets 7-6, 7-5, 7-5 on Friday.

The five-time champion is now one victory away from a third successive title at SW19, while he would also move level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Grand Slams.

Djokovic was taken the distance in all three sets by Shapovalov, who had not been past the second round at the All England Club prior to this fortnight.

But the 22-year-old was unable to capitalise when it truly mattered – winning just one of 11 break points – enabling the Serb to book his place in a Slam final for a 30th time.

Djokovic was seeking a 16th win from his last 17 appearances in a Slam semi-final, as well as a 101st ATP success on grass.

By contrast, this was only Shapovalov’s 10th match at Wimbledon following a run that brought a five-set victory over Karen Khachanov in the last eight and straight-sets win against two-time champion Andy Murray.

And the Canadian was unfazed on Centre Court, with a break in game three culminating in him serving for the opening set at 5-4 up.

But he was unable to convert from 30-30 and Djokovic capitalised on the let-off, eventually prevailing 7-3 in the tie-break.

Shapovalov stayed with the top seed in the following two sets, but was made to rue his failure to see out break points.

On both occasions, Djokovic ruthlessly took his opportunities in game 11 to move to within another victory of a third successive Wimbledon crown.

Standing in his way is Matteo Berrettini, who became the first Italian Grand Slam finalist in 45 years after beating Hubert Hurkacz in four sets 6-3, 6-0, 6-7, 6-4.

The Queen’s Club champion is aiming to become the eighth player to follow up that triumph by going all the way here three weeks later.

And the seventh seed dominated the opening two sets – reeling off 11 consecutive games along the way – to take control of proceedings.

Hurkacz, who edged out second seed Daniil Medvedev before ruthlessly demolishing eight-time champion Federer in straight sets, was struggling to settle as he became the first Pole to appear in a semi-final here since Jerzy Janowicz eight years ago.

But roared on by the Centre Court crowd, he stuck in there and reduced the deficit in a tense tie-break.

Nevertheless Berrettini, who has now won a whopping 151 of his 158 service games on grass this year, broke in the opening game of the fourth set.

And the big-serving Italian subsequently held out to become the first player from his nation to reach the SW19 showpiece after another display of tremendous power, which brought 60 winners and 22 aces along the way.

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Wimbledon 2021 Results

Friday July 9

Semi-Finals

CENTRE COURT
Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-0, 6-7, 6-4 Hubert Hurkacz
Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-5, 7-5 Denis Shapovalov

Novak Djokovic will be looking for a 17th consecutive win when he takes on Denis Shapovalov in the Semi-Finals of Wimbledon 2021 on Friday.

Since losing his first set of this Wimbledon campaign at the hands of Jack Draper last Monday, Djokovic has played 15 sets and did well to win all of them.

He had no issues against Kevin Anderson, Denis Kudla, Cristian Garin, and Marton Fucsovics and this is probably one of the easiest routes he had in years.

Furthermore, the other three semi-finalists had won just seven main draw matches combined at Wimbledon until a week ago, while Djokovic has won 77 matches in his career.

Shapovalov played a five-set thriller against Kohlschreiber in the opening round and he had to do that again in the quarter-finals against Karen Khachanov.

This is Shapovalov’s best performance at Wimbledon by far as he previously won just one match in three visits. Furthermore, his record in Semi-Final matches makes for tough reading, having won just two of his 13 completed matches.

Djokovic has won all the previous seven meetings with Shapovalov across all surfaces. He had dropped just three sets in the process, so we fancy him to grab another 3-0 win here at the price of 4/6 with Bet365.

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Hubert Hurkacz will be looking to continue his fairytale campaign at Wimbledon when he takes on Matteo Berrettini on Friday in the semifinals.

Matteo Berrettini is currently on a ten-match winning streak on the grass surface, after recently lifting the trophy at the Queen’s Club Championship. The Italian has been the best performer on this surface this year.

Matteo has only dropped two sets in his five matches at Wimbledon 2021, including one set against his friend Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarterfinals.

Hubert Hurkacz, on the other hand,  has had an amazing Wimbledon campaign so far. After beating Musetti, Giron, and Bublik in the first three rounds, Hurkacz proved his class in a five-set thriller against Daniil Medvedev in the Round of 16.

In addition, he followed this up with the most memorable victory of his career when he knocked out 8th-time former Wimbledon champion, Roger Federer, in the quarterfinals.

Hurkacz has already won against two top-10 players this week, but Berrettini has been impeccable on grass this season. Our verdict is Asian Handicap -3.5 Games on Berrettini at odds of 5/6 with Bet365.

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Ashleigh Barty will play Karolina Pliskova in the 2021 Ladies’ singles final at Wimbledon following a straight-sets victory over Angelique Kerber on Thursday.

It will be the first time since 1977 that two maiden finalists will compete for the Venus Rosewater Dish at SW19.

Girls’ champion here in 2011, Barty is aiming to become only the fourth player to complete a unique double by also landing the Ladies’ title 10 years later.

The world number one, who arrived having won nine sets without reply, made the ideal start against 2018 champion Kerber; breaking in game two on the way to taking the opener 6-3.

Appearing in her first Grand Slam semi-final since triumphing here three years ago, Kerber responded with an early break in the second set as she opened up a 5-2 lead.

The German, who was triumphant in Bad Homberg prior to this event, was looking to build on a run of 10 straight wins on grass.

But from deuce in the following game, Barty reeled off 10 successive points – breaking back along the way – to level things up at 5-5.

The next two were shared to set up a tie-break, in which two poor opening points from Kerber enabled the top seed to establish a commanding 6-0 advantage.

And although her opponent rallied to reduce the arrears to 6-3, Barty held her nerve to become the first Australian Ladies finalist at Wimbledon since Evonne Goolalong in 1980.

Standing in the way of her quest for glory is eighth seed Pliskova, who came from behind to defeat Aryna Sabalenka 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in an epic showdown that produced a record 32 aces.

The seventh Czech woman to appear in the last four at SW19, the former world number one had yet to drop a set in this year’s event.

She had a great opportunity to move 6-5 up against the serve in the opener, but squandered four break points that enabled second seed Sabalenka to hold.

The third Belarusian semi-finalist here with a tour-leading 34 wins under her belt in 2021, Sabalenka then broke to move halfway towards another victory.

Vera Zvonareva was the last woman to prevail after losing the opening set of a Wimbledon semi-final; doing so against Tsvetana Pironkova in 2010.

Eager to follow suit, Pliskova won nine successive points from 2-1 down in the second on the way to levelling matters.

Seeking a first Slam final since the 2016 US Open, the Czech then broke in the opening game of the decider, which subsequently went with serve before she sealed a marvellous turnaround with thunderous ace number 32.

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Thursday July 8

Semi-Finals

CENTRE COURT
Ashleigh Barty 6-3, 7-6 Angelique Kerber
Karolina Pliskova 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 Aryna Sabalenka

Roger Federer’s quest for a ninth Wimbledon singles title is over after he was comprehensively swept aside in straight sets by Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals.

Aged 39 years and 337 days, Federer was aiming to become the oldest man in the Open era to reach the semi-finals at SW19, but was ousted 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 by an inspired Hurkacz.

It brought an abrupt end to the eight-time champion’s 22nd appearance at the All England Club, with many hoping it is not the final time he will grace Centre Court.

This was Federer’s 18th Wimbledon quarter-final, while his opponent was appearing at this stage of a Grand Slam for the first time.

But it was the debutant who settled quicker; breaking in game six on the way to taking the opening set.

The second went to a tie-break, in which untimely errors crept into Federer’s game and 14th seed Hurkacz took full advantage to double his lead.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion had not lost in straight sets at Wimbledon since 2002.

However, that long run was broken in comprehensive fashion as the Pole ran away with the third to love; the first such set to go against Federer here.

In doing so, Hurkacz becomes only the second player from his nation to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals after Jerzy Janowicz in 2013.

He will now play Matteo Berrettini, who is the first Italian to advance to the last four here in over 60 years after beating Felix Auger-Aliassime in four sets.

Appearing in his second successive quarter-final of a Slam having also gone this far at the French Open last month, the Queen’s Club champion secured a 10th straight win as he hit 12 aces on route to victory.

Meanwhile, reigning champion Novak Djokovic remained on course for a sixth Wimbledon crown after overcoming Marton Fucsovics in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Playing in the last eight of a Slam for the 50th time, Djokovic took just 20 minutes to race into a 5-0 lead in the opening set, which he comfortably saw out despite being pegged back to 5-3.

Fucsovics, who took out Andrey Rublev, Diego Schwartzman and Jannik Sinner during the earlier rounds, was the first Hungarian to appear at this stage of Wimbledon since 1959.

But crucial breaks in the next two subsequently paved the way for the Serb, who has now won 15 without reply while registered his 100th tour victory on grass.

Two matches away from a record-equalling 20th Slam, Djokovic faces 10th seed Denis Shapovalov in the semi-finals.

The powerful Canadian hit 59 winners – including 17 aces – during an epic five-setter with Karen Khachanov, which he edged 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 to book his maiden venture into the last four of a Slam.

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Wednesday July 7

Quarter-Finals

CENTRE COURT
Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 Marton Fucsovics
Roger Federer 3-6, 6-7, 0-6 Hubert Hurkacz

NO.1 COURT
Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 Karen Khachanov
Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 Felix Auger-Aliassime

Karolina Pliskova will be looking to continue her immaculate run at the Wimbledon 2021 when she faces Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinals on Thursday at 15.00pm (UK Time).

Karolina Pliskova is yet to drop a set in Wimbledon and it seems that she rediscovered her best form after a long period of poor results.

Prior to Wimbledon, Karolina has reached the quarterfinals in just one of her previous twelve tournaments. Pliskova hasn’t won a tournament on the grass surface since her Eastbourne trophy back in 2019.

Aryna Sabalenka, on the flip side, has won seven of her last eight matches on grass. She had amazing results in WTA tournaments over the past two years, but was waiting for her first big result at a Grand Slam.

If Aryna wins the Wimbledon 2021 and Ashleigh Barty loses her semifinal to Angelique Kerber, then Sabalenka would become the new World No.1. Sabalenka has been at her best in the most recent two matches against Rybakina and Jabeur.

Sabalenka has won the previous two meetings with Pliskova, but both matches ended in three sets. This makes us backing Over 20.5 Games at odds of 4/6 with Bet365.

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