The Wimbledon Men’s Final on Sunday featuring Novak Djokovic vs Matteo Berrettini is a mouthwatering clash.
Djokovic has been in stellar form, and although pushed in his semifinal against Denis Shapovalov, never got out of second gear.
Matteo Berrettini is a worthy opponent and the online sportsbook is keeping him safe in the market.
Djokovic is looking to tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 Grand Slam wins, so it could be a historical victory for the Serb.
Djokovic Survives Shapovalov
The 34-year-old scored a straight-sets victory over Shapovalov, but all three sets were close. He won the opening set in a tie break before taking the second and third sets 7-5.
Following the game, he gave credit to the Canadian.
“I don’t think the scoreline says enough about the match, he was serving for the first set, was probably the better player for the second set. He had most of the chances,” Djokovic told the BBC.
“I would like to give him a round of applause for all he has done this fortnight. We will see a lot of him in the future, definitely. He is a great player.”
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2021
Although a close game on paper, Djokovic won the big points and his defense was once again at the forefront. Hitting winners against him is seemingly impossible for some players, and one of them could be Berrettini.
Djokovic has an ability to return winners, so it takes a multiple shot combination to put him away, which not every player is good enough to achieve.
It was the fifth consecutive straight-sets victory for the top seed. He lost a set in his first-round game, but some quality players haven’t been able to take a set off the world’s best player.
It’s something Berrettini has done only once against Djokovic, so he’s up against a wall. Tennis betting markets have Djokovic at -500 to win, which is expected.
The game handicap line of 5½ will attract more interest as it should be a closer contest.
Berrettini Makes History
Berrettini is the first Italian to reach the men’s final at Wimbledon and it was his huge forehand that sealed the deal against Hubert Hurkacz.
The 25-year-old is happy to be playing in the final against Djokovic, but he’s not there to make up numbers.
“Hopefully, whoever’s going to win, they’re going to support me – I hope,” said Berrettini in reference to the Italian fans. “It’s going to be a great atmosphere. My first final in Wimbledon. It’s just crazy to think about it.
“My year started in a good way, [by helping Italy reach] the ATP Cup final. Then I got injured again. I kind of saw those ghosts again of my body kind of struggling. Again, I came back stronger. I think I fully deserve to be here. I want to enjoy [it] like I did today.”
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— US Open Tennis (@usopen) July 9, 2021
Berrettini can’t be overlooked simply because he’s up against one of the best players of all time. Djokovic puts a lot of mental energy into his fights, which can leave him emotionally drained.
The Italian has put away two solid players so far, and although not on the same level as the Serbian, he’s a confident player.
He is ranked inside the top 10 and many believe he is a Grand Slam winner in the making. We agree, and despite being a big underdog at +400, bettors shouldn’t be discouraged.
He will make Djokovic earn the title, but he might need another year to fully develop his game to win the Wimbledon title.
What Happened Last Time?
They have met twice and Djokovic holds a 2-0 record. The most recent meeting came at the French Open last month where Djokovic scored a 3-1 victory.
He breezed through the first two sets 6-3, 6-2 before Berrettini won the fourth in a tiebreak. However, Djokovic broke late in the fourth to take the quarterfinal match.
The only other meeting came at the ATP Finals in London where Novak won 6-2 6-1 in a dominant fashion.
Our money is on Djokovic to win his 20th Grand Slam. The -500 odds are too short for our liking, but we’re confident he can cover the spread.
-5½ is a healthy line to cover, but he could easily take the first set 6-3 and then he only needs to win the other two sets 6-4 7-6.
Backing a 19-time Grand Slam champion isn’t difficult, so don’t overthink this one.