Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy after winning the Wimbledon Tennis Championships crown in London on July 11, 2021 (July 12 in Manila). AP PHOTO
Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy after winning the Wimbledon Tennis Championships crown in London on July 11, 2021 (July 12 in Manila). AP PHOTO


WIMBLEDON, England:
The Wimbledon final was locked up at a set apiece after nearly 2 1/2 hours, and Novak Djokovic's bid for a record-tying 20th Grand Slam title was at a critical juncture, when he faced two break points while thousands in the full-capacity crowd at Center Court chanted his opponent's first name.

Bothered, perhaps, by the challenge he was facing between the lines Sunday, and, perhaps, by the support being thrown behind Matteo Berrettini, and, perhaps, by the weight of the milestone he was pursuing, Djokovic shrugged all of that off and steeled himself, as he's done so many times at so many moments on so many stages.

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