Novak Djokovic clinched his seventh Wimbledon title, the fourth in a row. Matching his idol Pete Sampras, the Serbian phenomenon has hoisted himself to 21 Majors and narrowed the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the all-time ranking.
For the former ATP number 1 it was a real breath of fresh air, given the difficulties he had to deal with in the first part of the season. Nole paid a very high price for her choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus, not having been able to defend the title at the Australian Open.
For the same reason, the 35-year-old from Belgrade is seriously in danger of not even being able to play the US Open at the end of August. As things currently stand, the 'Djoker' cannot enter the United States and should also miss the American Masters 1000.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion doesn't want to think too much about the future and is enjoying his well-deserved triumph at Church Road. In a long interview with 'L’Equipe', Mats Wilander analyzed in detail the final between Djokovic and Kyrgios.
Mats Wilander opens up on Djokovic
“Novak Djokovic consciously decided to make the exchange last. Which, when facing a server as unique as Kyrgios, is incredible (…) Novak opted for patience. He wrote the script for the second part of the match: 'Nick, you won't beat me from the bottom.
I can play like that for eight hours. So you better serve monstrous. Go ahead, prove it to me.’ A very clever way to put pressure on your rival. No rush, no unforced errors: ‘I am giving you an exam. It's up to you to come and get the title by risking a lot,'" wrote the Swedish consultant.
While speaking to the press before his last round clash with Australian Nick Kyrgios, Djokovic spoke about Nadal’s injury and subsequent withdrawal. He said, “Injuries are the worst enemy of every athlete. I give Nadal a lot of credit for the way he fought and won that quarterfinals match with that injury.
He is the one who knows his body the best, so the decision whether to continue or not was always up to him. It is very sad that a tournament so big as Wimbledon did not have a second semi-final. But it is what it is,” he added.
The Serb incurred an abdominal injury while playing against the same opponent, that is the Indian Wells reigning champion Taylor Fritz in the third round of last year’s Australian Open. However, unlike Nadal, he overcame the injury scare and lifted the trophy.