Novak dethrones Rafa in style

2011-07-03 17:46

London - Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon title on Sunday, dethroning champion Rafael Nadal with a 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 triumph to celebrate his coronation as new world No 1 in style.

It was the 24-year-old Serb's third Grand Slam title, to add to his 2008 and 2011 Australian Open victories, and 50th win his last 51 matches.

Djokovic, who will succeed Nadal as world No 1 on Monday, also denied the Spaniard, the champion here in 2008 and 2010, an 11th Grand Slam title.

Djokovic went into the final with a 11-16 losing record against Nadal over their five-year rivalry but having won all four of their clashes in 2011 and all in finals.

Serve dominated until the 10th game when from 30-0 up Nadal handed his opponent a set point with a forehand error which Djokovic gobbled up, forcing another wild forehand out of the Spaniard to take the opener after 41 minutes.

The Serb had been the more convincing in the rallies and Nadal, who committed just seven unforced errors in his semi-final win over Andy Murray, was already up to eight by the time Djokovic was 1-0 ahead in the second set.

Djokovic was taking control of the final and was a break up at 2-0 when he brilliantly anticipated a Nadal drop shot before scampering across court to execute a wonderful, wrong-footing backhand.

The Serb broke again for a 5-1 lead when a powerful drive left Nadal scrambling, and off balance, and he could only pat the return wide.

A confident hold to love gave Djokovic the set 6-1 when Nadal found the net.

But Nadal, who had won all five of the pair's previous Grand Slam clashes, carved out his first break points of the final in the second game of the third set to open a 2-0 lead which was soon 3-0 courtesy of a confident love service game.

Djokovic served up a first double fault to be broken again in the sixth game before Nadal pulled off a third successive love game to take the set.

The Serb saved a break point in the first game of the fourth set and made the most of his reprieve with a break to lead 2-0.

But a net cord fell in Nadal's favour and gave him the break back in the third game.

A subdued Nadal then slipped 3-5 down as a brilliant defensive rally from Djokovic forced an error from the Spaniard.

The trophy was the Serb's when on his first match point when Nadal went long with a backhand.

"This is the best day of my life, this is the tournament I always dreamed of winning," Djokovic said at the presentation ceremony.

"When you are playing the best player in the world, Rafa Nadal, I had to play at the top of my game and I think I played my best match on grass."


  • dumi cele - 2011-07-03 17:53

    RAfael must forget ..this is guy will always beat He must ask Roger how to beat Novak. Thanks God now we have new competition in ATP.. hopeful Andy Murray will win US Open.. Dissapointing ladies competition .. Current WTA ranking is meaningless.

      Deon - 2011-07-03 17:54

      Spot on!!!!

      dumi cele - 2011-07-03 18:11

      Can we have at least two ladies who will raise the level of Women tennis as Roger & Rafael did which has made Novak to wake up... Caroline is like Safina, same with Azarenka... I miss Justine Hennin vs Serena competition....

  • Shivaskar - 2011-07-03 18:05

    Novak owns Rafa on all surfaces now. And Nadal played his best game but in the end he is no match for the 2011 Novak Djokovic. Only Federer was capable of playing the match of the year to beat Novak.

  • zule - 2011-07-03 18:43

    Well played and congratulations to both the men's and women's is always nice to see stars coming through

  • Grayman - 2011-07-03 18:47

    Novak had his game plan sorted: Serb & volley!

  • Hamilton Ngwenya - 2011-07-03 19:24

    Novak's got Rafa's number period.

  • Andrew Griffiths - 2011-07-03 20:42

    Are we going to see him join Rafa and Roger as an all-time great or is it just one hell of a purple patch? With del Potro sure to improve and Tsonga's fine form, has the mens game ever had it this good?

      Ivan - 2011-07-03 20:55

      Knowing how hard was he working to get to no.1 spot and win Wimbledon I am quite confident to say that we will see him joining all time great and of course that will make ATP whole lot interesting and exciting.

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  • Proffie - 2011-07-03 22:41

    Well done Novak. Not even the great Ivan Lendl could ever win Wimbledon, and he was one of the best in his heyday.

  • Hannetjie - 2011-07-04 07:24

    Well done Novak!!!!!! And a worhty new no 1 in the ranking as well. I agree ladies tennis is diaappointing at the moment but i still enjoyed the final with Petra K winning!!!!!!

  • Lancet - 2011-07-04 11:16

    Djokovic's playing is robot-like boring. No fire in the belly and clearly no personality. He won't last long at the top....yawwwnnnnnn....

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