Toni Nadal described Novak Djokovic as "a great champion" after the Serbian's last victory at Wimbledon and added that he had no doubt that the 35-year-old tennis player would deliver in the Wimbledon final. In his eighth Wimbledon final, Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3) to win his seventh Wimbledon title and his 21st Grand Slam title overall.
Djokovic captured his first Wimbledon title in 2011 and is now a seven-time Wimbledon champion - one Wimbledon title away from tying Roger Federer's all-time record of eight Wimbledon titles. More importantly for Djokovic, he now has 21 Grand Slams and is one shy of equaling Rafael Nadal's record of 22 Majors.
"Novak Djokovic, without the need to display his most dazzling game, once again showed that he is a great champion. Everything that his rival did not want to do, is what he normally does. He is a serious player, who always shows the best mentality to face the most unfavorable moments.
As I said (before the match), we knew he was not going to fail. The only chance for him to lose the opportunity to win his 21st Grand Slam was if Kyrgios had the ability to play his best tennis and, above all, surprised us with his temperament to keep it all the time.
With this latest win at Wimbledon, the Serbian continues to improve his sporting image and chasing Rafael Nadal in the race to be the greatest winner of all time," Toni Nadal told El Pais. Djokovic and Nadal were scheduled to meet in the Wimbledon final, but an abdominal injury forced the Spaniard to withdraw against Kyrgios in their semi-final match.
Djokovic's future is uncertain
During the interview, Novak Djokovic said that he regards every Grand Slam win with the same fondness that he had for his first title and that they are all special to him in different ways.
"I don't take anything for granted, and every victory is like my first, especially at the Grand Slams - because it is the pinnacle of tennis and the achievement of goals as a player," Djokovic said. "Performance-wise, anything I win from now on is kind of a bonus, although I don't necessarily look at things that way.
I am very dedicated and devoted to this sport, and completely in love with the whole process." Wimbledon might be the 35-year-old’s last Grand Slam of this year. Earlier this year, Djokovic chose to stand firm on his decisions related to vaccination and walked out of the Australian Open. Following that, he failed to defend his title in the French Open as well.