Djokovic's mum hails new era

2011-07-04 07:22

London - Proud mum Dijana Djokovic declared the start of a new era for men's tennis after her son Novak beat Rafa Nadal to win Wimbledon on Sunday but the beaten Spaniard was less sure.

"Now it's Novak-Novak, now you will see," Dijana told reporters after being asked about Roger Federer and Nadal, who have won 24 out of 29 grand slams since Wimbledon in 2004.

"It's very hard for four years to be number three. You cannot move on. Now he's done it," added Dijana.

Spectators shuffled for the best position to take her picture as jubilant Serbian fans sang "Another victory, another title, Nole you're the King and a tennis god."

There was less emotion when Nadal was asked whether his four-set loss signalled the start of a new era.

"Maybe," the 25-year-old told reporters as he fiddled with a water bottle, his plain facial expression not giving much away.

"Seriously, I lost because I am playing against the best player of the moment, the best player of the world tomorrow, and I am the second," the 10-times grand slam champion added.

"When you play against these players and they are playing unbelievably, the normal thing is to lose. That's what has happened the last few times."

Djokovic will be confirmed as world number one on Monday, deposing Nadal, but the Serb said after that after his first grand slam title at the 2008 Australian Open he had doubted his ability to win another and climb to top spot.

"I would lie to you if I didn't have doubts. I did have doubts," the 24-year-old told reporters.

"I did have difficult, crisis times where I didn't know if I could really make it, because the first two guys were so dominant."

Djokovic has now beaten Nadal in five finals this year.


  • Chilli Boy - 2011-07-04 08:33

    Djokovic beat Nadal at his own game.What is normally a winner for Nadal was pumped back at him even faster and he had no answer.Nadal was bemused,fought back in third set,mainly due to Djokovic making a large number of errors,but he had no answer in the fourth.What can be said is that both players had extraordinary manners both during and after the game.Nadal was an absolute gentleman in defeta,Djokovic extremely humble in victory.Serious credit to both of them,the arrogant showboaters of the past and future could learn a lot from these two.The future of mens tennis is good with these two at the helm.As for Federer,he looked great throughout the tournament but,as with Nadal,he had no answer to Tsonga's power.What an icon of the game, a true champion and an example to everybody,including Djokovic and Nadal,I fear he will not win another major.Viva Djokovic and Viva Nadal,Viva Viva to the old king Federer

      Graydon Meneses - 2011-07-04 08:40

      great comment.

      sierra mo - 2011-07-04 13:24

      I agree 100% with you.I love Roger and hopes he wins more slams but am doubtful that he regain the top spot to beat Samprases record.rog and RAF are supremely talented and Djokovic has proven his strength this year and on sheer huge results( 2 slams,4 masters 1000,and 2 other tournaments that he is Teh current fear is his attitude over time willncome through, and he will be in the Connors or McEnroe vulgarity level.hope I'm wrong, but the Serbian in him will come out.

  • Janine - 2011-07-04 09:16

    The winner here is the game of tennis. Fantastic to see such amazing play in the final and such sportsman like behaviour from both players.

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