Novak Djokovic made history today. Not only did the Serb advance to his first career Wimbledon final, but in doing so Djokovic is guaranteed of the ATP No. 1 ranking on Monday.
Playing composed, efficient for much of the three hour affair, Djokovic ended the run of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Wimbledon semifinals today 76(4), 62, 67(9), 63 .
But things took a harrowing turn just as Djokovic closed in on the win. Djokovic led by a break 4-3 but was broken. Then Djokovic scraped another break to serve for the match at 6-5 but again was denied.
In a tense tiebreak, Tsonga saved two match points on his serve at 5-6 with an easy overhead put away and another at 7-8 with an ace.
Could Tsonga, who overcome a two set deficit to Roger Federer a round earlier, do it again? He couldn’t.
Novak didn’t let his third set collapse deter him and remained focus. Djokovic raced out to a 3-0 lead in the fourth set to seal the match and the top ranking on a service return miss from Tsonga.
By reaching the final, Djokovic realized a life-long dream of becoming the No. 1 tennis player in the world.
“It’s one of the best feelings I’ve ever had on a tennis court – my dreams are coming true,” said Djokovic. “Hopefully more celebrations will come.”
Djokovic has won seven titles this season and will bid for an eighth against the winner of the Andy Murray-Rafael Nadal match to follow. Djokovic rise to the top position ends Nadal’s run of 56 straight weeks at No. 1, 102 weeks overall.
In the new July 4 ATP rankings on Monday, Djokovic will be No. 1, Nadal No. 2 and Federer No. 3. Djokovic becomes the 25th player to ranking No. 1 in the history of the rankings.
“It feels amazing,” said Djokovic. “When I finished the match I didn’t know how to show my emotions. I was really happy. This is one of those moments where you can’t describe it with the words. You remember all your career, all your childhood, everything you worked for, you know, that comes true now.
“It’s definitely one of the most important achievements and days in my life, in my career. We are all dedicated to this sport hundred per cent. When you know you’re going to be the best in the world and you’re reaching the finals of your favorite tournament, it’s something special.”
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