Novak Djokovic's record career earnings rise with Wimbledon championship purse

Ross Houston
July 16, 2019

Had Federer converted one of the two match points that came his way at 8-7 in the fifth set he would have moved six Grand Slams clear of Djokovic.

While Federer and Rafael Nadal are still swinging their racquets, he will behind them in the popularity stakes. Djokovic has spent the best part of his career in pursuit of Nadal and Federer and attempting to seduce fans sceptical of his character.

It was Roger Federer who took off with a two-sets to love lead at the Flushing Meadows semifinals, but the newly crowned Wimbledon 2011 champion, Novak Djokovic roared back 6-7 (7-9), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 to eliminate the five-time US Open champion from the tournament. Novak Djokovic, on the other hand, celebrates by eating grass.

Djokovic also revealed he was able to turn the overwhelmingly pro-Federer, 14,000-strong Centre Court crowd in his favor by training his mind. It was fifth consecutive defeat for Federer against Nadal.

"It just depends how long I'm going to play, whether I'm going to have a chance to make historic number one or slams".

The 22-year-old Mallorcan boy, Rafa crushed "the greatest player who ever played the game" and post his victory he said, "Roger, I'm sorry for the final".

Of course, this isn't the first time that Djokovic has snacked on the Wimbledon court.

It was a display of stunning mental fortitude by Djokovic.

"I like to transmutate it in a way: When the crowd is chanting "Roger" I hear "Novak". "I just try to never lose self-belief, just stay calm, just focus on trying to get the ball back, return, which wasn't serving me very well today".

"Sure, it's disappointing, but I have only myself to blame", said Federer.

He is also younger than both of his great rivals, but on Sunday he was off the pace for large parts of the final, only carving out his first break points in the eighth game of the fourth set. The player once had a reputation for collapsing on court at crucial moments and being forced to drop out of tournaments because of his poor health. "As a kid I was dreaming of winning Wimbledon, so, like every child, you dream of doing something insane when you actually achieve it - if you achieve it - and that was one of the things".

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