Djokovic Topples Nadal to Win Wimbledon

by John on July 4, 2011

In case there was any doubt who is really No. 1, Novak Djokovic sealed the deal yesterday with a convincing 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 win over Rafael Nadal in the finals at Wimbledon. Djokovic, who actually had accrued enough points with his semifinal win on Friday to switch places with No. 1 Nadal when the updated ATP Rankings came out today, played as if he had to win anyway. And why not? The 24-year-old Serb defeated Nadal for the fifth straight time this year — all in finals — while winning his first Wimbledon championship and third Grand Slam. Djokovic is 48-1 on the year with eight titles, including the Australian Open in January. “It has been the best day of my life, most special day of my life,” Djokovic said. “I always dreamed of winning this tournament. I think I’m still dreaming. When you are playing the best player in the world, Rafa Nadal, who has won two of last three Wimbledons, I had to be on top of my game and I think I played my best grass-court match ever.” The win was the Serb’s first against Nadal in a Grand Slam match and also his first grass-court title. For the most part, Djokovic played impeccably. And he had to if he had any chance to wear down the relentless Spaniard. Long rallies, ridiculous angles and strong serving marked play throughout. Djokovic won the first break point of the match in the 10th game of the first set to take the opener 6-4. The Serb kept the pressure on with two more breaks to win the second set 6-1. Nadal raised his level of play in the third set, while Djokovic sagged a bit. Two breaks by the Spaniard and a hold at love in the seventh game gave Nadal the third set 6-1. Djokovic regained control at the start of the fourth set with a break in the second game to go up 2-0. But Nadal broke right back. Nole returned the favor in the eighth game. With a chance to serve it out at 5-3, Djokovic was cool and composed. At 30-30, he played serve-and-volley for only the third time in the match, setting up championship point with a backhand volley. The Serb converted it when Nadal sent a backhand long. Djokovic had 27 winners to 21 for Nadal and committed just 12 unforced errors to 15 for Rafa. Nole served seven aces and Nadal had five. “I want to win more Grand Slams,” Djokovic said. “I will definitely not stop here, even though I have achieved (the) two biggest things in my life in three days.”

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