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Updated: July 4, 2011 02:58 IST

Djokovic conquers Nadal to win Wimbledon

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Serb Novak Djokovic overcame a late fightback from Spain's Rafael Nadal to win the men's Wimbledon title for the first time.
AP Serb Novak Djokovic overcame a late fightback from Spain's Rafael Nadal to win the men's Wimbledon title for the first time.

Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon title Sunday, and he beat defending champion Rafael Nadal 6—4, 6—1, 1—6, 6—3 to do it.

Djokovic, who was already guaranteed to take over the No. 1 ranking from the Spaniard on Monday, extended his mastery over Nadal this season with a fifth straight head—to—head victory.

Djokovic assured himself of the top ranking just by reaching the final. He opened the season with 41 straight wins, including the Australian Open title, but his 43—match winning streak came to an end against Roger Federer in the French Open semifinals.

The win over Nadal improved Djokovic’s record in 2011 to 48—1, with five of them coming against the Spaniard in finals - two on hard courts, two on clay and now one on grass.

Serbian President Boris Tadic was in the Royal Box along with several former champions to watch the match on Centre Court, and when Nadal sent a backhand long on match point, Djokovic turned to face them and dropped to the turf, laying on his back with his arms spread wide.

Djokovic played near—flawless tennis in the first two sets, and his incredible movement and precise shot placement gave him a big lead. His play dipped in the third, but it returned in the fourth to secure him a third Grand Slam title.

Nadal had won 20 straight matches at the All England Club, including the 2008 and ‘10 titles. He missed the 2009 tournament because of injury, but was playing in his fifth Wimbledon final in six years.

Nadal injured his left foot in a fourth—round win, but painkilling injections helped him roll through the next two rounds and into the final.

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Kudos to the younger generation, new Wimbledon champion and World No.1 Novak Djokovic.This is good for the World tennis with the emergence of new and younger players.

from:  Prof Santokh Ram
Posted on: Jul 7, 2011 at 15:57 IST

Novak's win in wimbledon finals has assured ,soon new league of champions are going to replace Nadal and Federer.The level of game reached new heights from where it was 5 or 10 years ago.More than serve & volley, the game has shifted to baseline hitting. Nowadays its hard to see any player with serve & volley game.I am an ardent fan of Federer and his game,his coolness on court and the way he plays the game.May be every decade will prodcue 2 or 3 champions.Just like Sampras and Agassi in 90's and Fedex and Nadal from '03 to ' it's in the hands of the yonger ones to decide on, continue to play at the same level or to take it to new heights. Champions will come and go, but tennis as game will be cherished and enjoyed by me as a true fan.

from:  Vamshik
Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 at 10:54 IST

Great performance. It is definitely not a fluke since he has defeated all higher ranked players consistantly. Tennis has won by producing great players at different times. Keep it up boy!

from:  kirubakaran
Posted on: Jul 4, 2011 at 08:43 IST

Jokovic's triumph at the Wimbledon coming as it does immediately after his anointment as the World #1 in Tennis ranking is the crowning achievement in the career of another great tennis star who has served notice that not only has he arrived but is here to stay for a long time to come or at least till he too secures the Four Grand Slam Titles like his two predecessors. A superb performance by an unassuming player who showed not only his prowess but that he is every inch a champion.

from:  Raj Kumar
Posted on: Jul 4, 2011 at 04:05 IST

Congratulations to the newly crowned ruler of the tennis world,Novak Djokovic.Hope to see the best of his feats in the upcoming tournaments.

from:  Dhanya Sajan Babu
Posted on: Jul 4, 2011 at 02:06 IST
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