Sunday, July 3, 2011

Djokovic Demolishes Nadal To Become The New Wimbledon Champion

Article first published as Djokovic Demolishes Nadal To Become Wimbledon Champion on Technorati.(Author Apeksha HA)

Q. What does it take to defeat the person who has :
- won 20 of his last matches at Wimbledon,
- won 4 out of 5 of his last Slams played,
- won 10 grand slams titles,
- won 2 of his last Wimbledon played,
has defeated you 5 times in Grand Slams finals?

Ans. You need to name yourself Novak Djokovic, who has now defeated Nadal in last 5 matches in 6 months. He is now 48-1 this year and after 4 years of being no.3 since 2007, he is officially World no.1 and has won 2 grand slams this year.

It all started with the victory in Davis Cup at Belgrade and what an amazing year Djokovic is having, and to win his first Wimbledon Championship against Nadal, he has finally stamped his authority on World No. 1 ranking. He is currently the best player in the world and after today’s scintillating performance, there has been no doubt in anyone’s mind that Djokovic-the-future-of-tennis is here.

He won in 4 sets: 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3

But the score line does not show the kind of dominance he had on Nadal throughout the match except the third set. It was more of a battle of minds out there with Nadal being outplayed in his own game by Djokovic. To sum it up: Djokovich is Nadal of 2008: Defense as strong as Nadal but with Better Offense.

When was the last time, Nadal seemed perplexed, lost in the match? It was just breathtaking to see Djokovic hit winners consistently and outplay probably the best player in the world for last 3 years. He got in the head of Nadal and for the first time Nadal was out of answers in a grand slam final.  Djokovic is now the second player to defeat him in a Grand Slam final after Federer.

In the first set, the game was up there with Djokovic 5-4 up and Nadal serving at 30-30. Two winners from Djokovic and the set was sealed. Although both the players took a lot of time between the serve points, Djokovic destroyed Nadal in the second set in 33 minutes 6-1.

But the fighting spirit that Nadal is known for came to display in the third set. Nole appeared to be under a bit of pressure and Nadal pounced upon him taking the set 6-1.

Djokovic went up 2-0 in the fourth set only to see Nadal fight back to 2-2. At 4-3, it all started with a double fault at Nadal’s serve and a backhand miss proved costly for Nadal as Djokovic took advantage and sealed the game with his shots to get a break up. Djokovic finally won the fourth set and match on his serve, 6-3 keeping his cool.

I had said earlier too that Nadal need to be vary of Djokovic returns and his ability to generate break points. That's what happened today. To sum up the match: 15 unforced errors and only 21 winners by Nadal as compared to 12 unforced and 27 winners by Djokovic. Djokovic won 38% of the receiving points and even Nadal after the match said “probably he is the best returner in the game”.

Djokovic’s family was in tears after the match and in Djokovic’s words: “A couple of good days at office” on becoming World No.1 and Wimbledon champion. : “The best day of my career and life”.  Not only for him but also to all the fans all around the world, this was a joyous moment. It goes on to show that with hard work and determination, you can achieve anything in the world, even defeat the best player.

What was today seen on the center court was something special, a match to be remembered. They say History has a way of repeating: It all started with Nadal (no.2 seed) winning in 2008 against the favorite: Federer and today we saw it again: Djokovic (no. 2 seed) winning against the favorite: Nadal.

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  1. Nice article, but after seeing the way Novak has been playing this year in general and against Rafa in particular I didn't see Rafa winning this match unless Novak played beneath his capability. When you match up their games Novak has the edge in every category.

    Novak's stock was undervalued after the FO loss (as Fed's was overvalued). The loss to Fed was a situation where Fed executed what needed to be done to win (serve lights out, etc.). There was a chance, not probability, of that happening and it happened.

    Novak coming into Wimbledon as the third favorite behind Rafa and Roger was a bargain. He's clearly better than Roger, even before today, and today he demonstrated that he's better than Rafa right now.

    I'm thrilled that my wager made before the tournament on Novak to win at 11-4 paid off. As I said, he was posting at bargain odds.

  2. Great article, and also Nole ended up winning because Nadal focused to much on learning how to hit against Roger´s single handed BH that now he got lost against Nole, against whom those tactics don´t work because he is taller than Roger and double handed BH. well done Nole!

  3. I think there no doubt in anyone's mind now that Djokovic is the best player in the world.Grass used to be his least fav surface and to beat Nadal on it, showed how much Nole has got into Nadal's head.AS i said yesterday,it will be battle of minds and thats what it was today.Even Nadal accepted that.

    I Wonder if it would not have been for federer, Nole could have won FO too.Today and this entire year, Djokovic has elevated his game to a different level totally to be truly called as WORLD NO. 1 But the fact is that all three are great players and no matter who wins, tennis fans have a great great time ahead. Get ready for US open.Just cant wait for it:)

  4. Congrats to Novak; he, Rafa, and Roger have dominated tennis for the last six years. I am fairly new to tennis; I've only been watching for six years now. Has anyone ever seen such sustained dominance by three players? BTW, I feel for Andy Murray; it doesn't seem like he'll ever crack the top three.