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."