Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic is still in a state of disbelief after masterfully brushing aside defending champion Rafael Nadal to take the crown at Centre Court.
After being recently anointed the world number one in ATP rankings, the final between Djokovic and Nadal was seen as the answer to who is the real number one. And Djokovic came out in flying colours, despite a third set stumble, to win 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3 and claim his first Wimbledon title along with his third Grand Slam.
The Serb's win was his 48th in 49 matches, but beating Nadal in a grand slam final has become somewhat synonymous with being the best in the world. And he proved his credentials in tremendous fashion. Only Roger Federer has managed to beat him so far this year.
An elated Djokovic later said, It's an amazing feeling I won't forget and it's the best day of my career.
For these kind of days, I was practising every day, being dedicated, being a tennis professional. Any athlete in the world dreams of being number one. This is something that gives us a lot of motivation. So finally when you really do it and when you know that you're the best, it's just an amazing achievement.
He went on. Winning two sets in just over an hour against the defending champion on the court he hadn't lost on for four years was incredible. He said. I was just trying to enjoy the tennis that I was playing. It was the best tennis match on grass courts I've played ever.
This is what I'm born for. I want to win more Grand Slams. I will definitely not stop here.
One of the highlights of his post match celebrations was when he kneeled down, picked some grass and popped it into his mouth. When asked to shed light on the bizarre celebration, he said, I felt like an animal - I wanted to see how it tastes. It came spontaneously, I didn't plan to do it, I didn't know what to do for my excitement and joy. It tastes good!
Nadal, who was second-best for most of the match, admitted he was beaten by the better player and spoke about what he has to do in order to get over his mental block when he plays the 24-year-old Serb.
I lost because I am playing against the best player of the moment, the best player of the world tomorrow, and I am the second. He said. When you play against these players and they are playing unbelievably, the normal thing is to lose. That's what has happened the last few times.
When I was 100% to play, I lost against him five times. The rest of the year I won almost every match, so I'm doing things very well, but probably not against him.
That's what I have to change. Probably the mental part is a little bit dangerous for me, because when I was at 5-4 (in the first set), I played a bad game from 30-0. When I was 4-3 down in the fourth set, I played another bad game with my serve.
To win these kind of matches, I have to play well at those moments. To change things I probably have to be less nervous, play more aggressive, and all the time be confident with myself. That's what I'm going to try next time. If not, I'm going to be here explaining the sixth.