03
Jul
11

Novak Djokovic crowned his rise to the world number one spot in perfect fashion with a dramatic 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3 victory over Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon final.

The Spaniard was looking to make it three titles in four years at the All England Club and win back-to-back French Open and Wimbledon titles for the third time, but it was the player in his first final in SW19 who held his nerve the best. Having been sublime in the opening two sets, Djokovic, the Australian Open champion in January, dipped in the third but he was not to be denied. Djokovic, who will overtake Nadal in the rankings on Monday, said: “It’s really difficult to describe except it’s the best and most special day of my life. “I think I’m still sleeping. I played probably my best match on grass ever.”

Nadal said: “Now I can say well done to Nole (Djokovic). “I tried my best but today one player played better than me.”

The Serbian has emphatically been the player of 2011, winning an astonishing 47 of his 48 matches before Sunday’s clash, with his only defeat coming against an inspired Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the French Open. His 41 consecutive wins included four over Nadal in the finals of Masters Series events, two of them on the Spaniard’s favoured clay, yet still Djokovic was not the favourite for the final in SW19. Nadal had not been beaten at Wimbledon since a five-set loss to Federer in the final of 2007, and his record against Djokovic in grand slams read: played five, won five.

 

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