Djokovic: Playing Roger a challenge

London: Novak Djokovic caught up with his coach Boris Becker, winning three Wimbledon titles, after he triumphed over Roger Federer here on Sunday. Djokovic took his Grand Slam haul to nine, ahead of the likes of Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl.

After swiping away a forehand winner to end a two-hour-56-minute contest, Djokovic roared to the skies. He then knelt down and plucked some of the cherished grass and put it in his mouth.

"He (Federer) makes you push your limits, work hard and win every single point," Djokovic said. "I have to say it's a big challenge playing against Roger. A lot of players of my generation have looked up to him and followed his lead."

Speaking after his victory, Djokovic said it had been an "honour" and "privilege" to play against Federer, and that he ate the grass due to a pact he made with himself as a child, when he dreamt of winning the title.

He said: "It tastes very, very good... It tasted very sweet this year... The groundspeople have done a great job."

Asked why he ate the Centre Court grass, he said: "It's a little tradition. As a kid I was really dreaming of winning Wimbledon... Like every child, I dreamt of doing something crazy if I actually achieved that dream."

He added: "I was aware Roger was going to play like he always plays, at his best when it matters the most. He pushes you to your limits, and asks you to work hard on every point. He won't hand you the match.

"That added a bit more pressure, but these are kind of matches you work all your life for. You envision yourself being on Centre Court in this tournament and holding this trophy. It's thrilling feeling."

After equalling Becker's three Wimbledon titles - a record also held by John McEnroe - Djokovic boasted that the former champion and his coach no longer had the bragging rights over him. (Agencies)


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