The way of Novak Djokovic (1st) to the final from Wimbledon against Matteo Berrettini (9th) hides a curious fact. Is that this edition of the All England, It is the seventh Grand Slam final in which the Serbian reaches the decisive match without facing a Top Ten.
The first of all was in 2007. In that year, the Serbian disputed the contest being number three of the world. His first rival was Robin Haase, who was ranked 95th. Then they followed: Radek Stepanek (35th), Juan Martin del Potro (57th), Juan Monaco (23rd), Carlos Moya (17th) and David Ferrer (15th). The final was against Roger Federer (1st) with a victory for the Swiss.
The Serbian would have to wait until 2011 for him to repeat this situation. On Wimbledon was measured against: Jeremy Chardy (54th), Kevin Anderson (36th), Marcos Baghdatis (30th), Michael Llodra (35th), Bernard Tomic (158th) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (19th). The decisive match was against Rafael Nadal (1st) with a victory for Djokovic.
In 2014 it also happened at the All England. The Belgrade native was measured against Andrey Golubev (56th), Radek Stepanek (38th), Gilles Simon (44th), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (17th), Marin Cilic (29th) and Grigor Dimitrov (13th). The final was played against Roger Federer (4th) with victory for the Balkan in five sets.
Two years later, at the US Open, curiosity would be repeated. At the New York Grand Slam he faced Jerzy Janowicz (247th), Jiri Vesely (49th), Mikhail Youzhny (61st), Kyle Edmund (84th), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (11th) and Gael Monfils (12th). In the final he met Stan Wawrinka (3rd) with whom he lost.
As of 2021, the other remaining Grand Slam tournaments in which this occurred were: US Open 2018 and Wimbledon 2019. In the American competition he played against Marton Fucsovics (41st), Tennys Sandgren (61st), Richard Gasquet (25th), Joao Sousa (68th), John Millman (55th) and Kei Nishikori (19th). The final match was against Juan Martín Del Potro (3rd) with victory for Djokovic in three sets.
Finally, at the 2019 All England, his path was against Philipp Kohlschreiber (57th), Denis Kudla (111th), Hubert Hurkacz (48th), Ugo Humbert (66th), David Goffin (23rd) and Roberto Bautista Agut (22 °). The trophy ended up going to the Serbian who got rid of the Helvetian in almost five hours of play.