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To Celebrate Victory, Djokovic Eats Wimbledon Grass
     
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Just like his 2011 Wimbledon title breakthrough, Novak Djokovic took a big bite of the hallowed grass after his 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-3 win over Roger Federer to secure his seventh grand slam trophy.

"I thought that there was less grass today than it was few years ago, so I had a little bit of a soil as well," joked the 27-year-old who is back on the ATP top ranking as he displaced Rafael Nadal. "But nevertheless, it tastes like the best meal that I ever had in my life probably."

Djokovic earned his comeback over record-holding Federer, 17 times a grand slam singles winner, in just under four hours, holding steady as the Swiss won the fourth set from 5-2 down - saving a match point with a 25th ace - but then lost in the final game of the fifth in the thriller.

With a Centre Court including Prince William and wife Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in attendance for the second time this week, politely applauding Djokovic but wildly cheering the 32-year-old Federer, emotion was not running hot throughout.

"This is very special, the most special Grand Slam final I've played," said Djokovic, who broke a trophy drought at the majors stretching to the Australian Open 18 months ago. At the time of my career for this grand slam trophy to arrive is crucial, especially after losing several (three) grand slam finals in a row. I started doubting of course a little bit.  I needed this win a lot.

"I'm going to try to use it in the best possible way and for my confidence to grow for the rest of my season and the rest of my career."

With his fiancée Jelena Rustic nearing the end of a pregnancy and marriage plans on the near horizon, Djokovic will turn his focus away from the courts for the next month. "I'm going to take some rest, there are few important things coming up: getting married, in a few months becoming a dad.

"I think I can close the chapter of my tennis career just for little bit now.  I think I deserve that for few weeks to rest, to enjoy, be with my fiancée, my wife to be, and my family."

 


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