Novak Djokovic & Wimbledon
July 4, 2011 by staff
Novak Djokovic & Wimbledon, Kneeling in the center court moments after becoming the champion of Wimbledon for the first time, Serbian Novak Djokovic really wanted to taste victory.
Djokovic won his title of Grand Slam singles third beating defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in Sunday’s final at the All England Club. Then bask in the moment, dropped into the famous turf, pulled out a blade of grass and ate them.
“I felt like an animal,” said the second-seeded Djokovic, who had already secured the No. 1 ranking only to reach the final. “I wanted to see how it tastes. Tastes good.”
Djokovic has been a good run this year. He began the season winning 41 straight games, including the Australia Open title. _ Perfect career that stretched to 43 consecutive victories dating back to late last year Davis Cup _ ended Roger Federer in the semifinals of the French Open, but is now 48-1 in 2011.
“In one sentence, I lost my fear. I believed in my abilities more than ever,” said Djokovic, who won his first title on grass on Sunday. “Australia was one of the best tournaments I played in my life.”
Wimbledon this year cannot be far behind.
Shortly after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semifinals to ensure that it would take the top spot from Nadal, Djokovic knew he would be against a man who has dominated this season.
Before this year, Nadal had won 16 of the 23 games he played against Djokovic, including five major tournaments. But Djokovic defeated Nadal in four finals in 2011 ahead of Wimbledon, including two on clay.
“I had in the back of my mind,” said Djokovic. “I was trying to recover and actually make the games the same way I conducted these days in those games: aggressive, taking my chances without giving opportunity to take control.”
Nadal had his own streak to trust, however. The 10-time Grand Slam champion has won 20 consecutive matches at the All England Club, including two of the three films. He missed the 2009 tournament due to injury, but was playing in his fifth Wimbledon final in six years.
The final loss to Djokovic was the first of Nadal in the final to a player other than Federer.
“He’s fine. He is doing fantastic things few,” said Nadal. “But I had to play better to win, not today. I played little bit less aggressive.”
Djokovic fast moving and precise positioning on Sunday were key as the shot landed Serbian always taking advantage of any miscues mild Nadal. The first and largest of the first was based on the final game, when Djokovic hit a forehand winner down the line.
Nadal followed that with a couple of unforced errors and Djokovic won the set on the first breakpoint of the match.
“He played better than me,” said Nadal, who has won every Grand Slam tournament at least once in his career. “For that reason, he is the champion here.”
Djokovic dominated the second set, breaking Nadal twice while holding serve easily. It was not until the second game of the third set that Nadal finally managed to do something with Djokovic’s serve, breaking a 2-0 lead when Djokovic dumped a backhand into the net.
Nadal broke again and finally won the set and the two exchanged service breaks early in the fourth. However, after Djokovic held to 4-3 in the final round with four straight points, Nadal double-faulted for the first time. He lost the next two points and soon broke again when he sent a backhand long.
Sitting in the royal box, along with several former champions was Serbian President Boris Tadic, and when Nadal sent a backhand long on match point, Djokovic turned to them and fell to the grass, lying on her back with open arms.
“I will definitely be one more Wimbledon, the Grand Slam trophies. I mean, this is what I was born for,” said Djokovic, who threw several of his rackets to the crowd before accepting the championship trophy. “I want to be a tennis champion. I want to win more Grand Slams.”
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