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Djokovic: “Most Special Grand Slam Final I’ve Played”

Wimbledon, Great Britain

Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic added a second Wimbledon title to his Grand Slam collection.

After suffering defeats in five of his previous six Grand Slam finals, Novak Djokovic could not hold back his elation in rallying past Roger Federer for the Wimbledon crown on Sunday.

Djokovic, who will return to World No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings with the title, his seventh at the Grand Slam level, says the win is a validation of all the hard work he has put in this year.

“Most special Grand Slam final I've played,” exclaimed Djokovic following the 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4 triumph. “At the time of my career for this Grand Slam trophy to arrive is crucial, especially after losing several Grand Slam finals in a row. Started doubting of course a little bit. I needed this win a lot. I'm going to try to use it in the best possible way and for my confidence to grow for the rest of my season and the rest of my career.

“Sincerely, this has been the best quality Grand Slam final that I ever been part of. I've had a longest final against Nadal in the Australian Open 2012. But quality-wise from the first to last point, this is definitely the best match.

“I was overwhelmed with the emotions, positive emotions, that I was experiencing in the match. I was not surprised, I was just trying to enjoy the moment, rethink what I've been through during the match.”

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The Belgrade native joins John McEnroe and Mats Wilander in joint-eighth place on the list for most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era. It was his first major victory since the 2013 Australian Open (d. Murray).

Djokovic draws closer to Federer in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series as well, trailing 18-17. He lauded his Swiss counterpart’s level of play in the final, particularly late in the fourth set, and identified being broken while serving for the match at 5-3 as disappointing but also the turning point mentally.

“Roger played very well, I thought, in a very high level," Djokovic added. "He showed why he's a champion. He showed a fighting spirit, composure in important moments when he was a break down. To be able to win against him as one of my greatest rivals on this occasion on a court that he's been dominating for so many years makes it a very special trophy for me. I had tears of joy. I was overwhelmed by the moment and the occasion.

“The only way I could have won the match today is by believing that I can make it all the way until the end and staying mentally strong. That's what I've done. I didn't allow my emotions to fade away, as it was probably the case in Roland Garros final a couple, three, four weeks ago…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.”

When asked how the flavour of the grass has changed since he last took a bite of the Centre Court lawn, Djokovic replied, smiling, “It tastes like the best meal that I ever had in my life.”

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