For the first time, Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic is No. 1 in the ATP rankings. Novak Djokovic moves up Monday from No. 2 after beating previously top-ranked Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 Sunday at the All England Club and won his third Grand Slam title, and his second this year. “I felt like an animal,” said Djokovic, who had already guaranteed himself the No. 1 ranking just by reaching the final. “I wanted to see how it tastes. It tastes good.” “In a sentence, I lost my fear. I believed in my abilities more than ever,” said Djokovic, who won his first grass-court title Sunday. “Australia was one of the best tournaments I played in my life.”
Djokovic won the Australian Open to start off the season, but lost in the semi-finals at Roland Garos during the French Open. Djokovic’s win breaks Nadal’s 20-win streak at the grass tournament. Boris Tadic, the president of Serbia, leapt in the Royal Box. Djokovic’s coach, Marian Vajda, and trainers locked arms and jumped in unison as Djokovic’s parents and two younger brothers raised their arms and embraced. Djokovic tossed racket after racket into the stands.
Nadal said, “Seriously, I lose because I am playing against the best player of the moment, the best player of the world tomorrow and I am the second. And when you play against these players and they are playing unbelievable, the normal thing is to lose.”
Speaking triumphantly, Djokovic’s mother, Dijana, said, “For four years, it was Roger, Rafa, Rafa, Roger.
“Now it is Novak, Novak, Novak, Novak.”