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Djokovic Is Enjoying His Special Moment








Life could not be more perfect for Novak Djokovic, professionally, domestically or emotionally. Not only is the restored Wimbledon champion a holder of a Grand Slam title again after three disappointments in finals. He returns to the top of the Emirates ATP World Tour rankings after eight months behind Rafael Nadal and has qualified to defend his title at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November.

Add to that Djokovic will marry his long-time girlfriend Jelena Ristic on Thursday and the couple are expecting their first child in the fall. All in all good reason for celebrations that began with Djokovic eating a mouthful of the All England Club’s hallowed Centre Court grass, continued at the Champion’s Dinner held in the glittering surroundings of the Royal Opera House in London’s West End and then progressed into the night.

Djokovic was scheduled to fly back to Serbia for another bachelor party with his brothers and friends today but in front of an A list band of British royalty and worldwide celebrities including The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Samuel L Jackson, Kate Winslett, Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Orlando Bloom and Bradley Cooper as well as David and Victoria Beckham, he dedicated the trophy to his future wife and baby as well as his late coach Jelena Gencic who died just over 13 months ago.

As he accepted the trophy, a tearful Djokovic was noticeably more emotional than he had been for any of his previous six Grand Slam titles. “I was just overwhelmed with the positive emotions that I was experiencing in the match,” said the 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 winner over Roger Federer.  “I was not surprised, I was just trying to enjoy the moment, rethink what I've been through during the match.”

And Djokovic was insistent he had been part of a very special tennis match. “Sincerely, this has been the best quality Grand Slam final that I ever been part of,” he maintained. “I've had a longest final against Nadal in the Australian Open 2012. But quality-wise from the first to last point, this is definitely the best match.

“Roger played very well, I thought, in a very high level.  He showed why he's a champion.  He showed a fighting spirit, composure in important moments when he was a break down. When I was serving for the match, he came in and played his best game.  I didn't think I did much wrong there.

“What was disappointing was losing the fourth set after being so close to win it and match point.  But the only way I could have won the match was by believing that I could make it all the way until the end and staying mentally strong.  That's what I've done.”

And Djokovic harped back to the disappointment he felt losing to Nadal in the French Open final a month earlier. “I didn't allow my emotions to fade away, as it was probably the case in Roland Garros final a couple, three, four weeks ago,” he said.

Much of the focus on Djokovic’s second Wimbledon title fell on his coach Boris Becker, employed to restore the big match temperament and provide that extra percentage to allow him to again be victorious over the game’s very elite.

But Becker insisted: “Novak was the one who did it. I can talk about it with him as much as we like off the court. He can read as many books and talk to as many psychologists as he wants but at the end of the day it’s up to him and how he fights those inner demons.

“My role has been talked about enough already and I’d like to think I know a lot about tennis in general, not only pressure moments. It’s up to the individual to find an inner voice when it matters the most and that’s what he did.”

Becker continued to give an insight of the pressure Djokovic was feeling after three successive major final disappointments in last year’s Wimbledon and US Opens as well as the French a month earlier. ““These guys go through hell out there in front of a million eyes,” he insisted.

“I’m the first to understand that when you are an emotional guy like Novak, it’s not always possible to keep your emotions perfectly in check. Yet he lives by his feelings and needs to be emotional to play well. It’s tough to find that fine line; what is enough and what’s not. So he has to be himself and find a way to win on his own. I can only tell him so much and if he does lift the trophy it’s because of him and nobody else.”

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