Djokovic Wins Mens Wimbledon 2011 Title
Novak Djokovic celebrated winning his first men’s Wimbledon title by eating the centre court grass. He beat Rafael Nadal in 4 sets, 6-4,6-1,1-6,6-3.
Djokovic’s defence was at times astonishing and Nadal must have been wondering what on earth he would have todo to win a point.
It was a tight first set, but the fact that Djokovic was always able to get just one more ball back over the net forced Nadal into making a few uncharacteristic errors. A Nadal shot into the net gave the Serbian the first set.
Nadal knew he had to hit the corners to try and win the points which increased the risks of missing. Ironically, it is exactly what Nadal usually does to his opponents, today the shoe was on the other foot.
In the second set Djokovic was really in the zone, winners were zipping off his racket at an alarming rate and the set flew past Nadal in much the same way as one of Djokovic’s passing shots.
The arrival of the third set at least enabled Nadal to get his breath back, regroup and refocus. As the defending champion and winner of 10 Grand Slams he wasn’t going to let go of the Wimbledon trophy that easily.
And so it proved, Djokovic had suddenly lost the momentum that he had in the 2nd set and Nadal dug deep to play a perfect set of his own winning a comfortable 6-1.
So, onto a fourth set. Could Nadal do what very few manage, come back from 2 sets down?
A very poor service game in the middle of the set by Nadal proved to be the turning point and gave Djokovic the chance to serve for the Wimbledon Championship.
One of the hardest things todo is to serve out a Wimbledon final under the spotlight of the world but Djokovic somehow managed to stay calm. Nadal seemed to sense that it wasn’t going to his year and looked uncomfortable has he stood waiting to receive after having just been broken.
A couple of Nadal errors enabled Djokovic to get to Championship point and after a return from Nadal, he hit a rasping shot into the corner that Nadal couldn’t get back into play.
Falling on his knees, where most players kiss the grass, Djokovic decided to go one better and actually eat some of the Wimbledon grass!
Who can blame him, if we had just won Wimbledon we would want to take the court home too.