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OVER 100,000 Serbian tennis fans gave Novak Djokovic a royal reception in central Belgrade last night after the 24-year-old arrived home to celebrate winning his first Wimbledon title.
ANDY Murray has taken heart from Novak Djokovic's Wimbledon triumph, believing it shows that competing with the top players in the world is possible. Djokovic lagged behind the top two of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for some time before this year, but has now surpassed both to take over as No 1 in the rankings.
IT CAN be done. The two men who are often billed, rightly or wrongly, as the greatest players in the history of tennis can be outfought. Novak Djokovic proved that anew yesterday, and he has now done it consistently enough to be installed as world No 1.
Bolton's George Morgan became the only Briton to walk away from Wimbledon with a winners' medal this year after he and partner Mate Pavic beat Richmond's Oliver Golding and Jiri Vesely in the boys' doubles final last night.
1987: Born 22 May in Belgrade.
Rafael Nadal leaves the All England Club having lost two of the most prized possessions in tennis - the Wimbledon title and the No 1 ranking.
Novak Djokovic crowned his rise to number one in the world in perfect fashion with a dramatic 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3 victory over Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon final.
NOVAK Djokovic is the undisputed king of tennis this morning after executing the toughest task in the sport - standing tall in the teeth of a hurricane to thwart a ferocious comeback from Rafael Nadal.
NOVAK Djokovic enjoyed what he said was "the best day of my tennis career" yesterday, when he beat Rafael Nadal in four sets to win the Wimbledon title for the first time. The Serb, whose record for the year is now a scarcely credible played 48, won 47, raced to a two-set lead against the champion, then had to arrest a slump before claiming the title with a 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 victory.
FIVE years ago, Petra Kvitova did not think she was good enough to be a professional tennis player.
MARIA Sharapova is confident she is on her way back to her best, and there are a lot of people in women's tennis who are praying she is correct.
American twins Bob and Mike Bryan won the Wimbledon men's doubles title for the second time by beating Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Horia Tecau of Romania 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (2) yesterday.
FEW know Wimbledon like Martina Navratilova and anyone who had listened at the beginning of these Championships would have had some decent money on Petra Kvitova.
THE sentiment was genuine. The assessment fair. Rafael Nadal may have put paid to Andy Murray's dreams of a grand slam victory once again but that didn't mean the Spaniard doesn't think his friend will win one eventually.
PAINTING by numbers, it's not always easy to see the whole picture until the last link is made. But hazarding a guess at how it will look is simple. The tennis numbers, as they stand, portray Roger Federer as the best of all time, but there are many who believe that, come the final strokes, his brilliance could be usurped by a swarthy Spaniard.
Petra Kvitova stunned Maria Sharapova to win the first grand slam title of her career at Wimbledon this afternoon.
Liam Broady's attempt to become the first British Wimbledon boys' singles champion in 49 years saw him slip to a three-set defeat to Australian Luke Saville in yesterday's final.
IT may not have been the final that the British public wanted but it is a mouth-watering proposition. Effectively two world No.1s battling for a title both value above all others. Rafael Nadal has already experienced triumph at the oldest and most treasured grand slam in the tennis world, but for Novak Djokovic it is something he is still moving towards.