The Italian had his parents and brother Jacopo (world No.448) in the stands at SW19 on Friday. Its means everything to Djokovic, but it’s easy to forget the significance for the Roman.
“It means everything. Thanks to them, with my brother, we still practice together. He's still playing,” continued the 25-year-old.
“When we were kids, we were going holiday, we were always bringing our rackets. We played so many times, even without the ball, just pretending we were playing in our living room a great final. We were pretending to be players that now I'm playing against. Just everything crazy.
“Tennis is in my family. Also my grandparents are still playing. It's something we have in DNA, and it makes me feel so good to have them here.
“I think I fully deserve to be here. I want to enjoy like I did today. I want to enjoy my first final. I just appreciate what's happening. So I'm very happy.”
Remember your first time
Djokovic, who defeated Berrettini in four compelling sets at Roland-Garros 2021, recalled his first major final of 2007.
“New York, I lost I think three tough sets to Roger,” stated the Serbian, remembering a 7-6(4), 7-6(2), 6-4 triumph for Federer. “I remember that I was just so thrilled to be in the finals. I had a good match against Roger, but I just probably did not believe enough I guess in the victory at certain moments when the scoreline was close.”
A final with a seismic significance in the landscape of men’s tennis. If the scoreline is close, Djokovic has his reservoir of resources to rely on, but can Berrettini ‘believe enough’ and blast his way to a maiden major?