Wimbledon 2015: Novak Djokovic admits to nerves facing Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic admits that he had to overcome his nerves against Roger Federer in Sunday's Wimbledon final
Novak Djokovic admitted that he had to overcome his nerves after beating Roger Federer in four sets to win his third Wimbledon title.
The world No1 beat the seven-times SW19 champion 7‑6 6‑7 6‑4 6‑3 to successfully defend his title and notch up his ninth Grand Slam crown.
And the 28-year-old conceded that he felt nervous coming up against Federer on his favourite court.
“Coming into the court today, knowing that it’s finals of Wimbledon and I’m going to play against the most successful player of all time in this tournament, I think just that fact makes you nervous,” said Djokovic.
“Obviously the importance of the match, pressure is always present. I think it hits the highest point right at the pinnacle of this tournament and the finals, especially if you’re playing a top rival.
“Of course, he played amazing tennis throughout the entire tournament. He deserved to be there. I knew that he’s not going to drop his level too much. He’s going to make me earn every point. I’m going to have to win. You know, he’s not going to lose; I’m going to have to win if I want to lift that trophy.
“I had that in the back of my mind. Obviously it’s easier to say to yourself and kind of convince that you can do it and believe and actually do it on the court.
“He continuously puts a lot of pressure on you. Especially on the grass, he plays one, two game very quickly, chips and charges, just takes away the time, which Andy and I need.”
Asked about his trademark celebration of eating some of the Centre Court grass after his triumph, Djokovic continued: “I was assured that’s it’s gluten free, it’s not processed, completely organic and natural and I could eat it.
“It was obviously nice to repeat this tradition and doing the thing I do after I win the title here in Wimbledon.
“When I was a child, dreaming of winning Wimbledon, it was something I always wanted to do in my celebration. I picked that. I hope people are not annoyed by that.”