What’s only a boyhood dream is now a reality. Watched by his entire family, his girlfriend and his entire coaching team, they saw how Novak Djokovic became the new world number one (July 4, 2011) and the Wimbledon Champion for the first time.
First Round vs Jeremy Chardy: Djokovic was never in trouble against the Frenchman. He was in control of the many points and only committed six unforced errors throughout the match. The score: 6-4, 6-1, 6-1
Second Round vs Kevin Anderson: Even the tall and the hard-hitter from South Africa couldn’t control Djokovic’s dominance. The Serbian fired seven aces and thirty-one winners, sealing this match after one hour and fifty-four minutes. The score: 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
Third Round vs Marcos Baghdatis: This was a tough match for the young Serbian against a tennis veteran, which was played as the very last match of the first week. Djokovic lose his cool and even smashed his racket at 3-4 down in the second set. Regrouping in the third and fourth set, the two-time Australian Open Champion stayed calm until he won the match point. The score: 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Fourth Round vs Michael Llodra: This was the first day of the second week and Djokovic started strong against a leftie from France. Known for his big serve and fine volleys, Llodra attempted to scare the Serbian but nothing too special happened. Djokovic played aggressively (33 winners all throughout the match), served big (9 aces) and closed this match in one hour and forty-one minutes. The score: 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
Quarterfinals vs Bernard Tomic: It took two hours and forty-one minutes before the Serbian passed the young Australian’s test. Playing his first quarterfinal in a slam, Tomic played some brilliant shot-making, pressuring Djokovic with his sharp returns. However, Djokovic remained confident and outplayed Tomic in four sets. The score: 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 7-5
Semifinals vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: After knocking down Federer the previous round, Tsonga came into this match with full confidence and was ready to challenge the lean Serbian. Holding serves in the first twelve games, the first set was decided in a tiebreak in which Djokovic came on top winning three more points than the Frenchman. Djokovic was about to win this match but unexpectedly dropped the third set after failing to hold serve at 6-5. Luckily, the Streaking King of 2011 controlled his nerves and he easily raced to 3-0 lead in the fourth set. The score: 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-7(9), 6-3
Finals vs Rafael Nadal: Playing his first match as the new world number one against a defending champion, Djokovic was expected to push himself beyond his limits. However, even a trace of hesitation was not seen in his face. Djokovic’s all-round game works so well in grass and after first few games, he began to hit every ball with more power and more precision.
He constantly shocked Nadal by his deep placement of serves (7 aces throughout). Though he dropped the third set with a number of painful errors here and there, Djokovic never gave up and closed this match after two hours and twenty-eight minutes. Match Statistics: Winners (27 to 21), Unforced error (12 to 15), Net Approaches (73% to 67%) — The score: 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
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Women’s Champion in singles: Petra Kvitova d. Maria Sharapova in straight sets
Dark Horses in singles: Sabine Lisicki (by reaching the semifinal as the unseeded) & Bernard Tomic for upsetting two notable aggressive baseliners on tour [Nikolay Davydenko & Robin Soderling] en route to the quarterfinals.
Biggest Upset: Serena and Venus were upset before the quarterfinals.
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