Djokovic Wins Wimbledon 2011- Ranked #1 on Monday
It’s official – the name Novak Djokovic is now etched on the Champion’s board forever at the most prestigious Grand Slam of the year – the Wimbledon Tennis Championship. Djokovic dominated the game early on and secured a victory over current #1 (until tomorrow) Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3.
Djokovic pockets £1,300,000 for winning the men’s singles final (10% more than last year’s final paid the winner), while the runner up picks up £650,000.
Djokovic’s Final Serve to win Wimbledon 2011
Nadal never looked comfortable from the off against the Serb – struggling with the impeccable baseline game and speed of Novak Djokovic. Within 1 hour Nadal was down two sets to love – and Djokovic looked ready, willing and able to take his third major after an amazing year.
As the 15,000 people on centre court looked on – a tired Rafa said “Well done.. Wimbledon was always for me a special tournament – I can imagine how Novak feels today and I’d like to congratulate him”. He joked with the crowd “Hi Spain!” and vowed to be back at Wimbledon, one of his favourite tournaments next year – and thanked the Wimbledon club organisers for making him feel “at home” at Wimbledon.
After a few microphone hiccups during the presentation Djokovic was asked how it felt when he won the final point of the match:
“its really hard to describe with any words – but it’s the best day of my life – this is the tournament i ever dreamed of winning, the first tennis tournament I ever watched in my life. I think I’m still asleep and in a dream”
Novak Djokovic in on-court interview after taking the Wimbledon 2011 title
We’ll be back in sunny Wimbledon next year and it’s very likely that we could see a rematch. Perhaps the two will meet again in the US Open final later this year.