"When the crowd is chanting 'Roger', I hear 'Novak'," freshly crowned Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic said with a smile yesterday morning (Singapore time). A fairly implausible claim, perhaps, but the comment hinted at the phenomenal feats of mental strength and focus the Serb deployed in saving two match-points and soaking up 94 winners before beating Roger Federer, 37, in the longest singles final in the tournament's 133-year history. "It sounds silly," he conceded, "but it is like that. I try to convince myself that it's like that. It's similar 'Roger' and 'Novak'," he added laughing. The absurdity of the claim was comical, but the lengths to which Djokovic, 32, had to battle the almost blanket support for his adored Swiss opponent was no joke. The Serb had fought his great rival, and most of the 15,000-Centre Court crowd, for almost five hours before securing a 7-6 (7/5), 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 13-12 (7/3) win for a fifth Wimbledon crown. "It was probably the most demanding, … [Read more...] about Mind games inspire Novak Djokovic to fifth Wimbledon crown
LONDON: From growing up with NATO bombs raining down on Serbia to securing his place amongst the Grand Slam greats, Novak Djokovic is a man who never fails to both divide and unite.The 32-year-old clinched his fifth Wimbledon title on Sunday (Jul 14) and 16th at the majors with victory over Roger Federer.Five years younger than the Swiss legend, Djokovic is now just four Slams behind Federer on the all-time list.Few would bet against him reaching the target before his career ends.Despite his achievements, however, Djokovic appears doomed never to be held in the same saintly esteem as Federer or Rafael Nadal, the 'people's champions'.There are those that see something a little more calculating in the Djokovic make-up, an intense, brooding presence prone to affectation and fads and a little too 'new age' for most tastes.Nick Kyrgios said the Serb's post-victory "cup of love" gesture was "cringeworthy".In his semi-final win over Roberto Bautista Agut, Djokovic fumed at the Centre Court … [Read more...] about Novak Djokovic: King of the court but not of people’s hearts?
The Australian Open 2019 champion Novak Djokovic missed the French Open, but he clinched the victory in Wimbledon beating the 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. The first set of the Grand Slam men's tennis match ended with a tiebreaker and Djokovic took the first set 7-6. But Federer refused to be dominated by the current world No 1 and took the second set 6-1. The third set was equally exciting and the defending champion took the set after the second tiebreaker of the match 7-6. Even though Federer could not beat the top seed in the first and third set, the world No 3 took breakpoints in the fourth set to damage Djokovic's confidence. The 2018 Wimbledon champion minimized the gap after taking a breakpoint, but Federer was determined to take the set and finally did it 6-4. In the 5th and the decider set the 32-year-old with his jaw-dropping skills defeated the 37-year-old Federer and clinched his 5th victory matching Björn Borg after winning the tie break 12 (7)- 12 (3). … [Read more...] about Novak Djokovic takes 5th Wimbledon trophy beating Roger Federer
Lack of grass courts in Serbia will not be detrimental to Novak Djokovic's bid to defend his Wimbledon title, the world No. 1 said in the early stages of his training for the July 1-14 tournament at the All England Club. "Find me a grass court in Belgrade and I will practise there," Djokovic joked when asked last week by reporters why he chose a hardcourt complex in the Serbian capital's centre to start his preparations. "We don't have any in Serbia, do we? I am really hopeful that we will build some grass courts soon enough, but these hard courts will do for the time being. "The reason I am training here at the moment is because it's the most similar surface to grass in terms of ball speed and player movement." Djokovic topped the draw for Wimbledon yesterday, with Roger Federer named the second seed, bumping Rafael Nadal to third despite being ranked below the Spaniard. Djokovic, who is aiming for a fifth Wimbledon title and his 16th Grand Slam crown, plans to play only one or two … [Read more...] about No grass courts, no problem for Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic is the favourite to win the French Open and become the second man ever to hold all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously on two separate occasions, according to Rod Laver, the man he is trying to match. Laver achieved the feat in 1962 and 1969 with perfect calendar-year Grand Slams that no male player has achieved since. Djokovic held all four, spanning consecutive years, when he claimed his first French Open title in 2016. Djokovic reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros yesterday with a straightforward 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff and will replicate his 2016 feat if he goes on to lift the title. The world No. 1 and top seed has yet to drop a set and is on course for a likely title-decider against holder and 11-time French winner Rafael Nadal. "I'm probably favouring Novak at the moment and then Rafa," said Australian great Laver, 80. "Then it goes down the line." Laver added that should Djokovic win the French Open, he could go on to match … [Read more...] about Novak Djokovic is the favourite for French Open: Rod Laver