London - Novak Djokovic dedicated his successful Wimbledon title defence to
Boris Becker after matching his German coach's haul of three victories at the
All England Club.
Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 7-6 (7/1), 6-7 (10/12), 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday
to win his ninth Grand Slam and his third at Wimbledon in five years.
In a fitting piece of symmetry, the world number one's latest triumph came
30 years after Becker won the first of his Wimbledon titles.
And the 28-year-old was quick to salute Becker's contribution to his
achievements since hiring the six-time major winner in December 2013.
"It's definitely been a long run since we started working
together," Djokovic said.
"It took a while to understand each other. He is German, I'm Serbian,
so there are a significant differences!
"We managed to find a common ground and the right chemistry. This is
his trophy as much as mine."
With three major titles since joining forces with Becker, the German's
impact can't be denied, but Djokovic joked that his coach no longer had the
bragging rights since they now have the same number of Wimbledon wins.
"No, he doesn't," Djokovic smiled. "I have to say thank you
to him, my wife and all my team.
"We'll have a glass of beer or a glass of wine tonight."
Just 12 months after defeating Federer in five sets in the final, Djokovic
was able to see off the seven-time winner in more emphatic fashion this time.
He never allowed Federer to display the majestic style that demolished Andy
Murray in the semi-finals, but he was quick to praise the 17-time major winner
for forcing him to raise his game.
"It is one of the biggest challenges I could ever have playing him on
the grass here on Centre Court at Wimbledon," Djokovic said.
"I was aware coming on the court that Roger was going to play at his
best when it matters the most.
"He makes you push to your limit, work hard and earn every single
point. That was my approach coming into the match. It added a bit more
"But you work all your life for these matches. You wake up every day
working repetitively at time and you envision yourself playing in these
As is his custom, Djokovic celebrated by kneeling on the Centre Court turf
and eating a piece of grass.
"It tasted very, very good this year. I don't know what the grounds
people have done but they have done a great job," he said.
"It is a little tradition. As a kid I was dreaming of winning Wimbledon,
"You dream of doing something crazy if you win and that was one of the
Federer, 33, was in gracious mood despite seeing his hopes of a record
eighth Wimbledon title shattered by the ruthless Serb.
"I think Novak played great, not only today but the whole two weeks,
the whole year and the year before that," Federer said.
"That's sport. Of course I had my chances in the first set being up a
"That's how it goes, he was tougher on the bigger points and at the end
he was rock solid. I didn't play bad myself so I can be happy."
In the twilight of his brilliant career, Federer hasn't claimed a major
since 2012, but he insists his final pain will only increase his desire to win
at least one more.
"I'm still very hungry and motivated to keep playing and a match like
this is very helpful," he said.
"It's been an absolute privilege and honour to be back on Centre in a
match like this.
"Of course I would like to have won but Novak played really well."