Djokovic Beats Nadal for 1st Wimbledon Title

Novak Djokovic proved on Sunday that he deserved his billing as the new top male tennis player, beating defending champion and recently deposed number one Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon final for his first silverware at the world’s oldest tournament.

Djokovic, who assured himself of the world no.1 ranking after his semifinal victory against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, chased almost everything Nadal could offer to win in four sets, 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. Djokovic’s win gave him his first tournament victory on grass, Grand Slam or not. It also marked the first time he defeated Nadal in a Grand Slam event. The victory continued Djokovic’s mastery of Nadal this year. The Serbian has now defeated the Spanish star five times, all in the final.

After the victory, Djokovic was so happy about finally breaking his Wimbledon and grass court jinx that he ate some grass at the historic All England Club. “I felt like an animal. I wanted to see how it tastes. It tastes good,” Djokovic said. “It came spontaneously, really. I didn’t plan to do it. I didn’t know what to do for my excitement and joy.” The 24-year-old from Serbia, who is 48-1 this year with eight titles, officially ascended to world no.1 on Monday.