London - With his Grand Slam reputation and place back in
the world top 10 restored, Novak Djokovic will now target a third career
Wimbledon/US Open double after clinching his fourth title at the All England
Djokovic defied the odds and even stunned himself by
cruising to a 13th major title on Sunday to go fourth on the all-time list of
Only Pete Sampras (14), Rafael Nadal (17) and Roger Federer
(20) are ahead of him following his 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Kevin
Now the 31-year-old heads for the North America hard court
season where he has traditionally thrived.
Of his 69 career titles, 51 have been on hard courts with 17
of those in the United States.
When he won his first Wimbledon in 2011, he was to add his
maiden US Open, repeating the grass court/hard court double four years later.
His desire to repeat that feat burns even deeper after he
missed last year's New York showpiece with the elbow injury which threatened to
torpedo his career after his 2017 Wimbledon bid ended prematurely at the
"Well, I understand that people are questioning whether
I can consistently play at this level. Trust me, I am, too," said
"If you asked me a month and a half ago whether I think
I can win Wimbledon, part of me yes, I hope, but maybe I wasn't that sure at
that time of my level of tennis.
"But this is going to be a huge confidence boost and
springboard for whatever is coming up. I like to play on hard courts.
"The US Open was always a successful tournament for me.
I didn't played it last year. I'm looking forward to go out there and play my
Djokovic's title triumph on Sunday, against a weary Anderson
who had spent 21 hours on court becoming the first South African man in the
final in 97 years, was his first at the majors since Roland Garros in 2016 when
he completed the career Grand Slam.
He arrived at Wimbledon in a prolonged slump after
undergoing elbow surgery and with his ranking at 21, his lowest for 12 years.
But with two-time champion Andy Murray missing, eight-time
winner Federer defeated by Anderson in the quarter-finals and Djokovic beating
world number one Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion in a 5-hour 15-minute
semi-final, the stage was set for the Serb.
He will head to the United States boosted by his
rejuvenation and knowing that he has a winning record against all his leading
He is 27-25 against Nadal, 23-22 when up against Federer and
25-11 in his head-to-head series with Murray.
Despite his joy at winning his first Slam for two years,
Djokovic admitted that there were times when he thought he would never return
to the top.
"Yeah, yeah, absolutely. There were several moments
where I was frustrated and questioning whether I can get back on the desired
level or not.
"But that makes this whole journey even more special