Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wimbledon men's title 2011 for Novak Djokovic

Djokovic produced some sublime tennis to race through the opening two sets, and although top seed Nadal forced his way back into the match to win the third set, Serb Djokovic sealed a famous victory 6-4 6-11-6 6-3 in just over two-and-three-quarter hours.

Djokovic came into the tournament as the second seed, but was the in-form player of 2011 after losing just one match all year -- a run of form which ensured he would take the number one ranking on Monday regardless of the result of the final.

The pair had won the two previous grand slam events this season, Djokovic in Australia and Nadal in France, but the 24-year-old from Belgrade had won all four matches against Nadal this year -- all in tournament finals.
And he continued that form with a stunning start against two-time champion Nadal, who had not lost a match on the grass-court of the All England Club since his defeat to Roger Federer in the 2007 final, a 20-match winning streak.

A single break of serve gave Djokovic the first set, but an impressive double break ensured that the Serb raced away with the second in impressive style.

However, Nadal showed all the quality that had taken him to 10 grand slam titles in a glittering career by responding with a double break of his own to secure the third set in equally convincing fashion.

The big-hitting continued in the fourth set and an early break gave Djokovic a 2-0 advantage.

However, 25-year-old Nadal broke back straight away, courtesy of a fortunate net-cord, and the games went with serve until game eight, when Djokovic took the decisive final break before serving out to claim the title with his first match point.

"It's really hard to describe this with words but it is the best day of my life," Djokovic told the official Wimbledon website.

"I've always dreamed of this. That's probably my best match on grass, but I would like to congratulate Rafa for having a great tournament," added Djokovic, who has now won three grand slam titles after two victories in the Australian Open.
Nadal was gracious in defeat, adding: "I'd like to compliment Novak for his performance and his amazing season.
"Wimbledon is the most special tournament. I can imagine how Novak feels."

The result means that for the first time since 2002, when Australian Lleyton Hewitt beat David Nalbandian, somebody other than Nadal and Federer has won the men's singles title at Wimbledon.

It also continued a remarkable sequence in the men's singles, with the last four winners of the tournament all seeded second.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Djokovic reaches the Wimbledon final 2011

Novak Djokovic reached the Wimbledon final for the first time and will take over as world number one after battling past France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets Friday.

Djokovic will top the global rankings ahead of Rafael Nadal whatever the result of Sunday's final against either the Spaniard or Britain's Andy Murray, who were playing in the second semifinal.

The Serbian secured a 7-6 6-2 6-7 6-3 win in just over three hours, snuffing out any hopes of a comeback for Tsonga, who saved two match points before claiming the third set on a tiebreak.
Tsonga had fought back from two sets down to beat six-time champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, but there was to be no repeat.

Djokovic responded by breaking Tsonga in the second game of the fourth set and made no mistake when he served for victory for the second time.

"It's difficult to put into words," said Djokovic after his win.
"This is one of the best feelings I've had on a tennis court. My dreams are coming true -- into my first final at Wimbledon.
"I've been working all my life for this. I've been dreaming about playing the final in Wimbledon since I started playing tennis when I was four, so to be there in the final on Sunday will be fantastic."

The 24-year-old Djokovic has reached the summit of the men's game after an incredible 2011, which has seen him beaten just once at the French Open by Federer.

He claimed the Australian Open title in January and four Masters series crowns, beating Nadal in each of the finals