Novak Djokovic defeated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in straight sets in the Rome Open third round, advancing into the 15th consecutive quarter-final at Foro Italico! In the press conference, a journalist asked Novak about his favorite Wimbledon memories.
Always willing to talk about his beloved Major, the five-time winner said that he dreamt about winning Wimbledon since making his first tennis steps. For Novak, the Wimbledon trophy worth much more than those from other events, and it's not easy to pick his favorite title or the most precious memory.
Still, the world's best player mentioned 2011 as his most desired Wimbledon crown, for a simple reason it was the first one. Also, Novak became world no. 1 on the next day and went home to Serbia to celebrate with his people on the streets of Belgrade.
Competing at his seventh Wimbledon, Novak toppled world no. 19 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and world no. 1 Rafael Nadal to seal the deal and conquer the trophy that fulfilled his childhood dream. In the final, Novak ousted Rafa 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in two and a half hours, getting broken three times and stealing Nadal's serve on five occasions to seal the deal in four sets and continue his unmatched run that season.
On the next day, Novak enjoyed the first week as world no. 1, setting the path towards tennis immortals and standing as the player to beat ten years later.
Novak Djokovic claimed the first Wimbledon title in 2011 and became world no.
"You don't need to apologize for asking for Wimbledon. You can ask me for Wimbledon any time. Always been a dream tournament for me. Whenever someone mentions Wimbledon, I get goosebumps. Yeah, I was very fortunate to experience many wonderful moments in Wimbledon Centre Court particularly.
I don't know which one I would pick as a highlight of my Wimbledon career; just my career overall. As I mentioned, when I was a five-year-old boy, I was dreaming of winning Wimbledon one day. That was always that dream tournament.
Any Wimbledon trophy counts as multiple trophies in other events for me. The first Wimbledon crown from 2011, I guess, is always the most special one. I became world no. 1 after that Wimbledon and went back home to celebrate with my people in the streets; that was really a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will nurture and remember forever," Novak Djokovic said.