Holiday Guide 2014|2015
Download Sport Guide
Arts & Entertainment
Download TV Guide
Submit an Event
The Jolly Lama
Those Camera Guys
Inspirasie viri Nasie
Life in the Slow Lane
Looking for a Car?
'Most special' Wimbledon tops 2012 Australian Open Marathon: Djokovic
INTERNATIONAL NEWS - Novak Djokovic described his second Wimbledon title as the most special of his career with his epic triumph over Roger Federer topping even his record-breaking 2012 Australian Open battle against Rafael Nadal.
The top-seeded Serb, who will regain the world number one spot on Monday, claimed his seventh Grand Slam title with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 win over seven-time champion Federer in a final which touched close to four hours.
It gave him a second All England Club trophy after his 2011 win but it came after the 27-year-old had lost three of his last majors and five out of the last six.
"Sincerely, this has been the best quality Grand Slam final that I have ever been part of," said Djokovic, who famously defeated Nadal in the 2012 Australian Open final in a five-set marathon which lasted almost six hours.
"I've had a longest final against Nadal in the Australian Open. But quality-wise from the first to last point, this is definitely the best match. It's the most special Grand Slam final I've played."
Even when he had squandered a 5-2 lead in the fourth set and saw Federer save a match point with a successful challenge over an ace which had been called out, Djokovic insisted that he was confident he could pull through.
It was especially pleasing, he said, due to his poor record in recent Grand Slam finals, most recently his defeat to Rafael Nadal in the French Open final in June which once again prevented him from completing the career Grand Slam of all four majors.
Another defeat on Sunday would have made him just the fourth man to lose four successive majors alongside Ivan Lendl, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray.
"I didn't allow my emotions to fade away, as was probably the case in the Roland Garros final. I am just very glad to win a Grand Slam final after losing the last three out of four," he said.
"Roger played very well, I thought, in a very high level. He showed why he's a champion. He showed a fighting spirit, composure in important moments when he was a break down."
"But I managed to not just win against my opponent but win against myself as well and find that inner strength that got me the trophy today."
Sunday's win also Djokovic's first Grand Slam title since his first coach Jelena Gencic, the woman he once described as a "second mother", died aged 76 last June.
Djokovic remembers holding aloft a pretend Wimbledon trophy after practice sessions with Gencic as a child and he was also quick to dedicate his latest All England Club victory to his fellow Serb as well as to his fiancee Jelena Ristic, who is pregnant with the couple's first child.
"I dedicate this to my future wife and our future baby. I'm going to be a father soon. It's a great joy of life," Djokovic said.
"And last but not least to my first coach, who taught me all the basics of tennis, how to behave and everything I know about tennis, Jelena Gencic."
Source : Sapa
08:48 (GMT+2), Mon, 07 July 2014
you will be directed to the registration page. Once you have completed the registration process, please return to this page.
New Zealand Dollar
Get your free daily horoscope + free daily forecast below.
Choose your zodiac sign:
March 21 - April 19
September 23 - October 22
April 20 - May 20
October 23 - November 21
May 21 - June 20
November 22 - December 21
June 21 - July 22
December 22 - January 19
July 23 - August 22
January 20 - February 18
August 23 - September 22
February 19 - March 20
Ballade vir n Enkeling
Based upon the book written by local author Leon van Nierop, and the 1980's...
This comedy drama which is based upon a true story, centres on title...
The second film in the Divergent series raises the stakes for Tris...
"Strange Magic," a new animated film, is a madcap fairy tale musical...
Max Simkin repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his...
More Movie Trailers >
Air hockey is one of everyone's favorite challenges! Represent your...
Mini Pool 3
This is the most advanced edition of the popular online version of Pool...
In this Digital Domino Game all the rules are the same as the real game....
The classic mind-wracking math puzzle game is now online! With a brad new...
More Games >
The organisers of the Vodacom George Cheese Festival have announced that the much-loved festival has reached the end of its line - in its 13th year. One of the main reasons cited for pulling the plug is the new liquor laws prohibiting the sale of liquor at government schools. How do you feel about this?
It's very sad news. I really enjoyed the festival
It's about time. Now there's an opportunity for something new
It doesn't really bother me. I have never been to the festival
I'm a 35 year old man looking to meet women between the ages of 25 and 36.
I'm a 64 year old man looking to meet women between the ages of 50 and 60.
View more profiles...
I'm a 24 year old woman looking to meet men between the ages of 23 and 35.
I'm a 26 year old woman looking to meet men between the ages of 25 and 30.
View more profiles...
Copyright © 2015 Group Editors Co PTY Ltd t/a George Herald