Djokovic beats Nadal and Brings Home Wimbledon title
It took Djokovic almost three hours to completely unseat Nadal, giving the Spaniard his first defeat in the tournament in four years. Although this may be a sign of a new era in the world of tennis, it does not mean that Nadal will step aside without putting up a spectacular fight.
According to Djokovic, “It is the best day of my life… This is the tournament I always dreamed of winning. I think I am still sleeping, still dreaming. When you’re playing the best player in the world… I had to be on top of my game. I played probably my best match on grass courts ever.”
The match started with Nadal as charged as he was when finishing the match against Andy Murray during the semi-final round. However, Djokovic ruffled the calm charge of Nadal when he blazed on through the first set. After that, the two excellent players rallied back and forth as they usually do. However, this time around Nadal had been suffering a foot injury since his victory over Mardy Fish just four days before the event with Djokovic.
Nadal’s earlier errors during the match against Murray followed him through the match with Djokovic as the Serb followed Murray’s strategy which forced Nadal to go wide and made sure he did not use his powerful forehand.
During the second set, Djokovic became more confident with his game. Djokovic’s confidence, coupled with a number of horrible mistakes from Nadal’s end, had disappointing results that was evident in the crowd’s demeanor. So far during the game, Nadal still had the attention and support of the crowd. However, when Djokovic had wrong-footed Nadal close by the net, hitting a dink which made Nadal twist far just to retrieve the ball, it was then that the crowd erupted.
The match then reached dizzying heights when Nadal showed signs of struggling, and both players showed an exchange of excellent angled shots with dipping ground strokes. It was then that Nadal came to face a challenge to bounce back from a 2-0 down scenario, which was the fourth instance so far in his career. The last time that Nadal was in such a position was in Paris where he was defending the French Open title.
Though Nadal was successful in bringing Djokovic down for the third set, he was unable to gain enough power to fully push Djokovic out during the fourth set. When Nadal ended up double-faulting for the first time and then hit a long drop serve, Djokovic blazed on through the set, and when Nadal’s last shot went out, Djokovic was only too happy he even ate a blade of grass out of happiness.
Djokovic went into the match against Nadal after winning four consecutive finals against the Spaniard earlier during the year. According to Djokovic, this fact gave him some kind of psychological advantage over Nadal.
Nadal agreed that he had been outplayed during the crucial moments. He said, “The most important thing, to win tough matches, is to play well at the important moments… There are few points that can change a match and I didn’t win them today.”
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