Novak Djokovic: ‘I beat Novak Rafael Nadal and became No. 1 at Wimbledon 2011’

Novak Djokovic is preparing for one of the most important tournaments of his career, chasing a calendar Grand Slam at the US Open and the 21st Major crown. Novak claimed the sixth Wimbledon crown in July to extend his dominance at the All England Club after lifting trophies in 2018 and 2019. Asked about Wimbledon at this year’s Rome event, Novak repeated how much it means to him and wished to win it when he was a kid. Picking his favorite memory from the oldest tennis event, Novak selected his first triumph in 2011, beating Rafael Nadal in the title clash and becoming world no. 1 on the following day.

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 took the ATP throne and set the path towards tennis immortals, standing as the player to beat ten years later. Over the years, Novak has had some incredible battles at Wimbledon, including that epic 2019 final against Roger Federer that went into a deciding tie break and where he saved two match points.

Novak Djokovic claimed the first Wimbledon title in 2011 and became world no. 1.

“You can ask me about Wimbledon any time; it’s always been a dream tournament for me. Whenever someone mentions Wimbledon, I get goosebumps. Yeah, I was very fortunate to experience many wonderful moments at Wimbledon Centre Court. I don’t know which one I would pick as a highlight of my Wimbledon career, just my career overall. When I was a five-year-old boy, I was dreaming of winning Wimbledon one day. It 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.