“People can recognize the importance of this match for me” – Djokovic hopes for Wimbledon crowd support as he chases 20th Major

The Serb could tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for most Grand Slam titles in men’s tennis history with a sixth Wimbledon crown on Sunday

Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his semi final match against Canada's Denis Shapovalov

When Novak Djokovic walks out on to Centre Court at the All England club on Sunday for the Wimbledon men’s singles final against Matteo Berrettini, the Serb will be hoping to create history.

A sixth Wimbledon men’s singles title would mark Djokovic’s 20th Grand Slam singles title, tying him in the history books with rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most number of Grand Slam singles titles in men’s tennis history.

Despite his record-breaking career, Djokovic has not been able to attract the kind of fan following and reverence that his rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal enjoy across the world. On Sunday, the Serb will be taking on the Italian Berrettini on the same day that England take on Italian soccer team will take on England in the UEFA Euro 2020 final.

“I am not sure if I’m going to have the home support but I hope that I will have the stadium on my side. Every player hopes in big matches, coming into big stadiums, that he’s going to have a majority of the crowd behind him. Having the crowd behind you, against you, it’s a big difference.”

With the chance to create history, Djokovic hopes that the crowd will understand the importance of the occasion and support him on Sunday.

“Hopefully people can also recognize also the importance of this match for me, the history that is on the line. I’m prepared for anything really that is going to happen in terms of the crowd support on Sunday. I’ve had many different experiences throughout my career. I just need to focus on myself and what I need to do.”

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