By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon
- Not to be outdone by resurgence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic lays down a marker
WIMBLEDON, UK – Four-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic lays down a marker – expect him to use this victory as a springboard.
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‘Huge confidence boost and springboard’
Novak Djokovic confounded critics with his run at Wimbledon. Anyone who saw him sullenly bat aside questions of whether he would even play on grass after a loss in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros watched as Djokovic weathered questionable scheduling decisions, played his semi-final over two days, and still came out to win a fourth Wimbledon title.
Djokovic, who has enjoyed period of domination at the top of the ATP rankings, finds himself well and truly on the way back after perhaps Roland Garros had been a slam too close for him.
He admitted, after lifting the title for the fourth time, that he had rushed back, stating at Indian Wells that his first match felt like the first time he had ever played on the ATP tour.
All that was forgotten with the joy of seeing his son allowed into the Players’ box to see his father lift a Wimbledon title for the first time, excitedly pointing down to the court, before giving his father a bewildered hug amidst congratulations and cameras behind the scenes.
He said: “I understand that people are questioning whether I can consistently play on this level. Trust me, I am, too (smiling). At the same time, I can’t look too far on the road because I have to embrace and cherish this kind of accomplishment.
“As I said, if you asked me a month and a half ago whether I think I can win Wimbledon, part of me yes, I hope, but maybe I wasn’t that sure at that time of my level of tennis.
“This is obviously very pleasing and satisfying to be able to play the way I played in the last couple of tournaments, in Queen’s and Wimbledon. This is going to be a huge confidence boost and springboard for whatever is coming up.”
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