Wimbledon win proves Djokovic’s class
It’s been almost a week since Novak Djokovic was named world number one and celebrated that fact by upsetting the tennis odds to win his first Wimbledon title, and second Grand Slam of the current season. It would therefore appear to be the best time to look back on the reasons lying behind Rafael Nadal’s comprehensive defeat at the hands of the Serb.
The final at Wimbledon was the 48th match the player had taken part in since the start of the year. Impressively, he has only lost one of those matches. With the player also having beaten Rafal Nadal almost a handful of times this season prior to their meeting at SW19, it didn’t require too much of a stretch of imagination to believe fate was on his side on a beautiful day in South London. An easy opponent, though, is not a term applied easily to the Spaniard, who never gives up on a point or a game, even when it seems like he’s down and out.
Taking this into account, it came as a slight shock that Nadal, who had the extra motivation of defending his Wimbledon title, looked so ordinary throughout the first two sets of the match. The slightly excessive fitness regime that the player put himself through after a disappointing couple of results last season has clearly reaped benefits, with the now lean and wiry Djokovic seeming to find it very easy to chase every single ball Nadal hit over the net.
His athleticism across court and ability to keep running when most men would have flagged is one reason for his success, there’s no doubting that, but his hitting was also behind his victory, with the sharpness and accuracy of his shots enough at times to make the passionate crowd gasp in admiration.
For all of the physical prowess about the player at the moment, it is perhaps the confidence that Djokovic exudes which makes him a real weapon on court. After winning last year’s Davis Cup tournament for his country in front of a fiercely patriotic crowd and following that up with a dominant win in the Australian Open, he clearly feels that nobody on the men’s tennis scene at the moment is good enough to get past him.