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On This Day In 2011: Novak Djokovic Wins Wimbledon For The First Time

Novak Djokovic is favourite to win Wimbledon this year. He first won the title in 2011.
Novak Djokovic is favourite to win Wimbledon this year. He first won the title in 2011.

Tennis feels like it's reaching the end of an era as the early days of Wimbledon race by. A golden era it has to be said - maybe the best - where Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have battled it out for the sport’s major titles.  

The trio have won 53 of the last 64 majors since Federer claimed his first Wimbledon triumph in 2003.

Both Nadal and Federer look to have a limited time at the top left. Federer is 37 while Nadal is 33 though seemingly susceptible to injuries.

In contrast, Djokovic is in prime form aged 32. If he stays fit he could literally be the last man standing with few names emerging as potential rivals in the men’s game.         

Federer boasts the most Grand Slam wins with 20 while Nadal trails him by 18. Djokovic is on 15 but seems capable of significantly adding to that tally in the future. 

If the draw pans out as expected, top seed Djokovic will face Federer or Nadal in the final. He harboured hopes of holding all four major titles at the same time this year but fell in the semi-finals to Dominic Thiem.

On this day in 2011, Djokovic beat the then-defending Champion Nadal to clinch his first Wimbledon title in five sets. Djokovic had won the 2008 and 2011 Australian Opens but this was his biggest win to date.

The result meant the end of Nadal’s 20 match winning streak at Wimbledon which dated back to 2008 though he missed the 2009 tournament through injury. It was also significant because it was the first time since 2002 that someone other than Nadal or Federer won the Wimbledon crown.

Djokovic had seen off Bernard Tomic in four sets in the quarter-finals before defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals. 

If he is to repeat the feat in 2019, he is likely to face just as arduous a route. 

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