You have to tip your cap to Novak Djokovic, he is far and away the king of the tennis world. Today, Djokovic once again manhandled Rafael Nadal beating the Spaniard 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 to capture his first career Wimbledon title.
“It’s really hard to describe this with words but it is the best day of my life,” Djokovic said. “I’ve always dreamed of this. Thank you all for coming and making this day even more special. That’s probably my best match on grass. I would like to congratulate Rafa for having a great tournament.”
Djokovic, who I thought would be a little off his game following his big win to gain No. 1 in the semifinals Friday, showed no such loss of focus. There was no lapse. No letdown.
Just as Djokovic had dominated Nadal on clay and beaten him on the hardcourts, he was able to do it on the grass as well, to my surprise.
I’ve said before, Djokovic matches up extremely good against Nadal and today he showed again why. Like in his four prior wins this season, Djokovic was able control many of the baseline rallies and go after the Nadal second serve. Djokovic’s backhand, forehand and speed really does neutralize the Nadal groundies.
I thought going into the match Nadal would have some help with the grass but it wasn’t to be.
“I just want to congratulate Novak and his team for the victory today and his amazing season,” said Nadal. “Always Wimbledon for me was the most special tournament, just to be here is a dream. When I won here in 2008 the emotions was very high, so I can imagine how he is feeling. I will try another time next year.”
And of the two, it was surprising to see Djokovic at the net much more than Nadal. Also, Nadal’s serve just wasn’t that effective like I thought it be on the grass. When he needed free points he couldn’t get them off this serve, and that’s in large credit to Djokovic’s superior return game.
As for the numbers, they are scary. Djokovic has won 48 of 49 matches this season. And he’s now won five straight over Nadal.
Wimbledon is already his eighth title of the year and with the hardcourt season around the corner, it’s hard to see him slowing down anytime soon (maybe the heat will get him?), especially against Nadal who he owns completely on the court and between the ears.
Tomorrow Djokovic becomes No. 1 in the world, and for good reason. He’s the best. No joke.
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