Nadal, Federer behind Djokovic's amazing run in 2011

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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London, Jul 5: 'Behind every champion there are his rivals', probably this is what should be the new saying in respect to Novak Djokovic's recent surge in Men's global tennis rankings. The Serbian who beat Rafael Nadal to win his first Wimbledon title has credited his rivals for the stellar success he has enjoyed this year.

Before beating Nadal in the finals of the prestigious event, Djokovic had won 47 of his 48 matches this year which invariably led to his becoming the World's number one ranked men's tennis player.

In an interview to CNN, the new Wimbledon Champion said, "They (Federer and Nadal) are definitely two out of five of the greatest players ever. But they have made me improve; they have made me a better player."

He added, "I think I can give credit to them for my improvement as well, because I've played so many matches against Federer and Nadal, especially at the big tournaments, big matches, big stages. I was losing most of those big matches, but now it has turned around, because I started believing I could win."

Reflecting on the incredible success he has had this year, the Serb said that it all appeared to be a fairy-tale but insisted that he had really worked hard for this.

In the interview he said, "At the start of 2011 if somebody told me already the day after Wimbledon I would be number one and a two grand slam champion [I would not have believed them], this year it's incredible."

And added, "I mean, I always believed I could play well and win majors. I feel much better on the court, I know what to do and I take my chances when they are presented."

The 24-year old Serbs win at Wimbledon was the first time since 2002 that someone other than Federer and Nadal had clinched the men's singles title.

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