Wimbledon day 10: Highlights from SW19
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Novak Djokovic should be wary of Matteo Berrettini’s powerful serve and forehand in the men’s singles final at Wimbledon, says John McEnroe. Djokovic is aiming to draw level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Grand Slam titles on Sunday but Berrettini has shown he has the weapons to challenge the world number one.
The defending champion has looked in supreme form over the past two weeks and has lost just one set during his six matches so far.
He overcame Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in straight sets in the semi-final and is a massive favourite to win a third straight Wimbledon title and his sixth overall.
However, he will face a difficult opponent on Centre Court tomorrow afternoon, with Berrettini in good form himself.
The Italian came into the Championships on the back of a debut victory at Queen’s and was impressive in beating Hubert Hurkacz in the semi-final.
Berrettini, 25, served 22 aces and 60 winners against Hurkacz and at one stage won 11 straight games with his powerful groundstrokes.
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Djokovic has already claimed the Australian Open and French Open titles this year but McEnroe says Berrettini could still cause an upset.
“There’s a proverbial puncher’s chance,” he said on the BBC’s Wimbledon Today show.
“If you go into a heavyweight fight, one punch can change everything. He’s got the ability with the serve and the forehand to do damage.
“I think Novak’s going to win the Grand Slam – this is beyond belief what he’s been able to accomplish.
“But when you looked at the draw you said, ‘There’s maybe three or four guys that could beat him, Roger [Federer] maybe, possibly [Daniil] Medvedev.’
“Well Berrettini was one of those couple of guys. He’s there, he should relish this chance.
“At some point hasn’t Novak got to feel some type of pressure trying to tie these guys?!”
While Djokovic is in a familiar situation, Berrettini is the first Italian man since Adriano Panatta at the 1976 French Open to reach a major singles final.
However, he already has some success to build on this summer having become the first player to win the Queens title on debut since Boris Becker in 1985.
That victory, which came against Britain’s Cameron Norrie, could be a good omen, considering Becker went on to win the title at the All England Club that year.
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