Nole pulls alongside Rafa & Roger – Day 13 Wimbledon.

So, he has done it. It wasn’t always vintage Djokovic today but as always is the case these days, it was good enough. This time against the most inform player on grass in 2021. There were nerves, that was clear, but I had expected this. Today was a big milestone that is obvious and he does naturally show his human side in these circumstances. There was a real danger of this getting nasty at one stage. Having been an early break up, he allowed Berrettini back into the set and that was the Italian’s que to take control of the opener and turn it around. When he starts to dominate on serve and forehand he is a very imposing figure. Djokovic took control from that point on though. What was interesting after was he said that he was glad to get the first set out of the way, then he could relax and just get on with it.

I have seen the words ‘neutralised’ Berrettini’s weapons used a lot but they are words the Italian also used himself in an honest assessments of his loss. He added that no other players puts him in that situation.It sums up perfectly how Nole is making everyone feel right now. A sixth Wimbledon puts him on for the calendar slam and the golden slam if you want to consider that. The World Number One has every chance but there is still a lot of work to be done. This is never over and the pressure will mount match by match. It is domination as it stands though.

I put Berrettini up at the start of the tournament and he was the only player that saved any face for me. He has done himself and myself proud these two weeks and it is a big step forward for him. He may have been a bit more hot and miss today but that is understandable. The occasion and the quality coming back at him would partly influence that. He said “I know I can do it. I know I can win this title.” Now he has got the first final out the way he will be even better prepared next time. Good stuff from him.

Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk beat Joe Salisbury and Harriet Dart in straights for the mixed doubles title. This was great from a selfish point to have three Brits make it through, everyone is a winner. I would like to finish by saying, hasn’t it been great to have it back? Two years seemed like an eternity. On to NYC we go. Another big few months for Djokovic and history. Signing out from daily blogs at SW19 for another year.

Andy Del Potro (Al Davies).

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