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Superb Djokovic dethrones Nadal

London, July 3 (agencies)
Published on 4 Jul. 2011 1:30 AM IST
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NEW World no.1 NOVAK DJOKOVIc wins 1st Wimbledon title 

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon title and proved himself the best player in the world with a stunning win over Rafael Nadal. Djokovic came through 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3 to beat  Nadal’s, before overtaking the Spaniard as world number one on Monday. It was his 50th win in 51 matches and his fifth win over Nadal this year. He becomes the first Serbian man to win Wimbledon, his third Grand Slam title after two Australian Open victories. Djokovic had done enough before Sunday’s final to guarantee himself the top ranking on Monday no matter what the result. Nadal forehand into the net gave Djokovic the set and the Spaniard appeared rattled, firing a smash over the baseline in a rare moment of promise at 30-30 at the start of the third. Djokovic, brimming with energy and confidence, needed little encouragement and came haring in to chase down a drop shot in the next game, angling away the backhand to break before turning to his supporters to celebrate. Victory was within sight for the Serbian but the match was quickly back in the balance in the cruellest of manners, when a Nadal return on break point clipped the net and rolled over. The contest remained on a knife-edge but  Nadal was always flirting with danger having dropped two sets, gave Djokovic the chance to serve for the title he had described beforehand as “a dream”.  A very nervous forehand was hardly the way Djokovic would have chosen to start but two Nadal errors helped him out, and a brave serve volley at 30-30 brought up championship point. Djokovic moved forward behind a heavy forehand and fell backwards onto the Centre Court turf in celebration as Nadal’s desperate backhand flew long to give him the title. “It’s really hard to describe with any words except that it’s the best day of my life, the most special day of my life,” Djokovic told BBC Sport. “This is my favourite tournament. I always dreamed of winning the first tournament I watched in my life. I think I am still sleeping and having my dream. “When you’re playing the best player in the world, Rafa Nadal, who has won two of the last three Wimbledons, he has always been winning the big matches against me in the Grand Slams and I had to be on top of my game today. “I probably played my best match ever on the grass-court and I want to congratulate him for having a great tournament.” 

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