"The grass tasted really well. I had a double portion this year to treat myself," Djoko said after the match Image:P AP
Novak Djokovic made short work of an exhausted yet combative Kevin Anderson to win his fourth Wimbledon title and 13th career Grand Slam crown. With the victory, the former World No. 1 ended a two-year-long drought of Grand Slam titles and won his first since the French Open triumph back in 2016. And how did he celebrate the momentous occasion? In the very predictable 'unpredictable Djoko style' by chomping on some grass from the Centre Court.
Djoko defeated Anderson in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), to add another Wimbledon title to his wins in 2011, 2014 and 2015. The Serbian tennis star was left heartbroken in the same tournament back in 2017 after having to retire with an elbow injury during the quarterfinals against Tomas Berdych.
Djoko had to take the rest of 2017 off and underwent a major surgery in February this year. This was Djoko's first major achievement in the last two years and it was evident from his celebration after the match. The lanky Serb dropped to his knees, plucked a handful of grass from the court and put it in his mouth.
For anyone out of the loop, the sight of Djokovic snacking on the Centre Court grass has become a Wimbledon tradition since the Serb first did it after beating Rafael Nadal in the 2011 final.
"The grass tasted really well. I had a double portion this year to treat myself," said the 31-year-old after the match.
The current world No. 1 became the lowest-ranked champion since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001. It also took his Slam total to within one of Pete Sampras and just four behind the 17 of Rafael Nadal whom he defeated in the semi-finals. Roger Federer tops the list with 20.
Anderson, the eighth seed, was the first South African in the final in 97 years and was bidding to become the first man from his country to be crowned Wimbledon champion. But he had spent 21 hours on court getting to the final and that marathon effort came back to haunt him at the worst possible time despite a late rally when he had five set points in the third set.
For Djoko, the win came just a month after he threatened to skip Wimbledon after a quarterfinal exit in Paris and with his ranking at its lowest in over a decade.
(With inputs from PTI)