Djokovic dominates Nadal to win first Wimbledon title
Novak Djokovic claimed the third Grand Slam title of his career, with the overjoyed Serb flinging his racquet into the crowd after winning Wimbledon 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 Sunday over Rafael Nadal, dpa reported.
The victory in just under two-and-a-half hours was the culmination of a special two weeks for the 24-year-old, who also seizes the number one ATP ranking on Monday from Nadal.
The Spanish top seed was beaten for the first time in a Grand Slam final by a player other than Roger Federer as he bowed to the Djokovic superiority and ended a 20-match win streak at the All England Club.
Nadal owned titles from 2008 and 2010 at the event.
Djokovic raced through the first two sets in 75 minutes, hung on through a third-set slump and finished the job to claim his 44th win of the season against just one defeat suffered against Roger Federer in the French Open semi-finals last month.
"This is hard to describe with any words," said the overjoyed champion, cheered from the box by his family, friends and girlfriend.
"This is the best day of my life, the most special. This is my favourite event," the Serb said after his historic win achieved with 27 winners and just a dozen unforced errors. "It's always a dream to win here.
"Wimbledon was the first tournament I watched in my life, I think I'm still in my dream."
Djokovic has now totally dominated Nadal in 2011, beating the Spaniard in five finals since March. "When you're playing against the best in the world, you have to be on your best game," said Djokovic.
"He's won two of the last three Wimbledons and is always winning big matches in the Grand Slams. This was probably my best-ever match on grass." The modest Djokovic called his one-two triumph (tournament and ranking) "a couple of good days at the office."
"It's incredible that I have the people I most love here in the most beautiful moment of my career," he said.
Djokovic exploded into form after nine opening games of dead-level play, with the Serb suddenly making a recovery from 0-30 down and forcing Nadal into a forehand error which yielded two set points.
The second seed immediately seized his chance, pressuring Nadal, who struck a forehand wide to lose serve and the set, 6-4, while Djokovic moved through with just two unforced errors.
Djokovic charged into the second set after the 41-minute opener with just two unforced errors and immediately fought back in the first game of the second from 0-30 to hold.
Djokovic made an early break of an increasingly uncomfortable Nadal for 2-0 with a flicking cross-court winner which came over with a steep angle well beyond the Spaniard's reach. A hold for 3-0 gave Djokovic five winning games on the trot as the contest hit the one-hour marker.
The Serb continued his substantial run of form as he broke for 5-1 to virtually salt away a massive lead against the Spaniard who owns ten Grand Slam titles.
The first of three set points was enough to hand over a two-set lead to Djokovic after barely an hour and a quarter on the grass
Nadal took his first lead of the afternoon with a hold for 1-0 in the third set and then secured his first break as Djokovic drove an approach forehand into the set for 0-2.
But Nadal took that moment to change the momentum, breaking for the first time for 2-1 and following with a love game. Djokovic lost serve again for 1-5 as he struck his first double-faults of a nearly flawless performance after saving a pair of break points.
Nadal earned his first set a game later after an hour and three-quarters.
Djokovic re-discovered his touch as the fourth set began, with the Serb breaking for 2-0 to regain control just before Nadal got lucky to break back on a net cord, 1-2.
Djokovic maintained his concentration as the tension increased, breaking Nadal for 5-3 and serving out the win a game later as the Spaniard returned long, his 15th unforced error.