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Novak Djokovic Wins Wimbledon Championship

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Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal on Sunday to earn his first ever Wimbledon men’s singles championship. He defeated Nadal in four sets going 6-4,6-1,1-6,6-3. This was Djokovic’s fifth straight head-to-head victory over Nadal. The Wimbledon victory propels Djokovic to #1 in the world men’s tennis rankings.

Is this the start of a new era in men’s tennis? I’ll tell you my thoughts on the future of tennis.

As mentioned this is Djokovic’s first Wimbledon title. He also won the Australian Open earlier in the year, which means he has won the last two out of three grand slam titles. While I believe this is start of a new turn in men’s tennis, we should still expect to see a lot more of out Rafael Nadal, but not as much as Roger Federer.

Of course Roger took over the reigns of being the #1 men’s player shortly after the departure of Pete Sampras.  Federer controlled men’s tennis until the emergence of Rafael Nadal. In 2008, once Nadal FINALLY was able to take his first Wimbledon title, he proved he was able to win on the grass surface, and that victory gave him his much needed boost to become a true contender in men’s tennis to Roger Federer. Those two have gone at it for the past three years, until now.

With Djokovic’s victory at Wimbledon on Sunday, it now becomes at least a three player race at the top of men’s tennis dominance. Although I don’t think Roger Federer has much left in the tank since he has dominated since 2003. Sunday’s four-set, entertaining match will sure be a sign of things to come in the future! Can Djokovic keep his streak going into the US Open? Will Nadal strike back? Can Federer make it back to a championship match? We’ll have to wait and see!

 

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