In Numbers: Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon, goes level with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal on 20 Grand Slam titles
With his sixth Wimbledon title, Novak Djokovic equalled the record for most Grand Slams among men with his storied rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Despite his achievements, however, Djokovic appears doomed never to be held in the same saintly esteem reserved for Federer or Nadal, the undisputed 'people's champions' and tennis' go-to good guys.
Minutes after Djokovic's win, Federer sent a congratulatory tweet saying: “Congrats Novak on your 20th major. I’m proud to have the opportunity to play in a special era of tennis champions. Wonderful performance, well done!”
Federer turns 40 next month and never was able to summon the serving and shot-making that have carried him to 20 Grand Slam titles overall.
Wimbledon 2021: Novak Djokovic brushes aside Marton Fucsovics in straight sets to reach his 10th semi-final
With the win, Djokovic continued his pursuit of a 20th Grand Slam title overall, which would tie the men’s record currently shared by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
French Open 2021: Tsitsipas showed he’s ready to take baton from Big 3; Krejcikova’s win demonstrated depth of women’s tennis
Two of the game’s biggest mysteries were solved at the French Open last week: ‘How to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open' and 'Who will take over the mantle from the big three?'
French Open 2021: Novak Djokovic tops Stefanos Tsitsipas to come within touching distance of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer
After his semi-final against Nadal, that lasted more than four hours on Friday night, Djokovic looked diminished and depleted at the outset on Sunday. By the end, he was at his imperious best.
French Open 2021: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal set landmarks; Roger Federer, Iga Swiatek, Sofia Kenin win
While World No 1 Novak Djokovic is in the last 16 for the 12th successive year, defending champion Nadal reached the fourth round for a record 16th time.
On Court Philippe Chatrier, Federer kicked off only his second French Open campaign in six years with an impressive dismissal of Denis Istomin.
Someone is going to have to play the match of his life at this year's French Open to beat Rafael Nadal.
Federer begins his comeback-proper on Swiss home soil in Geneva on Tuesday, with the 39-year-old legend starting a run of tournaments including the French Open, Halle, Wimbledon and then the Tokyo Olympics.
ATP rankings: Rafael Nadal stays at third spot despite Italian Open triumph; Novak Djokovic stays first
Nadal, a 13-time French Open winner, is also behind Daniil Medvedev, who suffered a second round exit in Rome to continue his struggles on clay.
Second seed Nadal won through 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in 2hr 49min against the defending champion in the 57th career showdown between the pair.
"In a normal world I would never consider missing the Olympics. There is no doubt about that," said Nadal. "(But) Under these circumstances, I don't know. Let's see what's going on in the next couple of months."
Rafael Nadal beats Pablo Carreno Busta to storm into final at Barcelona; seeks Stefanos Tsitsipas revenge
Top seed Nadal, an 11-time champion in Barcelona, eased to a 6-3, 6-2 win over World No 13 Carreno Busta in 90 minutes.
Federer, who will turn 40 in August, has played just one tournament in 2021, winning one match in Qatar in March on his return from 13 months on the sidelines after undergoing two bouts of knee surgeries.
Monte Carlo Masters: Rafael Nadal 'not worried' about COVID-19 infection after Daniil Medvedev practice
Nadal was not considered a close contact of Medvedev, and therefore not required to quarantine, allowing him to pursue a 12th Monte Carlo title.
Monte Carlo Masters: Stefanos Tsitsipas strolls into last-16; Novak Djokovic to face rising star Jannik Sinner
Tsitsipas, who had been given a bye into the second round, took just one hour and 24 minutes to beat 29th-ranked Russian Karatsev.
Rafa Nadal is aiming for a 12th Masters title in the principality ahead of his pursuit of a 14th French Open success and a record 21st Grand Slam.
"It's been a long and tough road for me," said Federer, who hasn't played a match since a semis defeat to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in January 2020, 405 days ago.