Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic took home the top titles at Wimbledon over the weekend and celebrated by busting quite the moves on the dance floor at the champions dinner.
What did you think of Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams busting out their dance moves? For now, though, Djokovic will train his sights on the US Open, where victory would draw him level with Bill Tilden, the great American champion of the 1920s, on 10 majors.
Serena dressed in a pink gown and Djokovic in a suit received a standing ovation from the crowd which included winners of this year’s championships, ex- champions and members of the All England Club.
Sympathetic “aahhs” greeted Federer’s mistakes and he looked in trouble at 4-5 in the second set when Djokovic earned a set point only to waft a loose forehand over the baseline. Becker won 10 out of the 25 games they faced, but Edberg won 2 of the 3 Grand Slam finals and all 3 at Wimbledon.
Federer, who is tied at 20-all in head-to-heads with Djokovic, accepted the best player had won on the day. After his exhilarating victory, it was definitely time to party for him and his team, along with family and friends. Djokovic said exchanging fist pumps and knowing looks with his coaches is hardly a sin, but did offer of similar but more serious breaches: “we can’t pretend it’s not happening in tennis”.
As for chasing the numbers put up by contemporaries Federer and Nadal? “Winning one Grand Slam, I know what it takes”. But despite Roger Federer’s age-defying majesty in the semifinals, Djokovic was unwavering, even overcoming the loss of a tiebreak for the ages, to prevail, eventually comfortably, in four sets and further cement his legacy. As the 28 year old beat Federer at his game to retain his title, he already has a fan in former world number one John McEnroe.
“My serve has improved, working with Boris on that part of my game has allowed me to get out of trouble many times, especially against Roger yesterday”.
“Considering where I was, my state of mind, I would say, three, four weeks ago”, Djokovic said Monday, “it’s pretty amazing to be here with you today as the Wimbledon champion”. When asked if Federer’s enduring career was an inspiration, the world No1 said: “How long I can go I really don’t want to predict. Roger is 33 and he also doesn’t think about how many years he can go”.
Certainly Federer, his serve is wonderful plus he deserves to win as Djokovic won last time. I didn’t play badly myself.
On the eve of Sunday’s Wimbledon final, a BBC TV poll found 75 per cent of people were desperate for Federer to win.
“I only once made that final step in 2011 but I’m going there with the thought that I like the surface, the conditions, playing at Arthur Ashe and with all the achievements behind me, I think I’m in a very good position to go far”.
More immediately, Djokovic will turn his attention to the US Open, where he has underperformed by his own high standards, winning only once despite reaching at least the semi-final every year since 2007.