Novak Djokovic hopes to celebrate the Wimbledon title dancing with women’s champion Serena Williams while losing finalist Roger Federer regrets going back home empty handed.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 12, 2015) (AELTC) – Novak Djokovic paid tribute to fellow champion Serena Williams after they were both crowned Wimbledon champions in 2015 and invited her to dance to celebrate their double triumph.
The tournament traditionally ends with a ball on Sunday night and the Serb, after winning his third title, was asked if Serena could complete what he called a ‘golden slam’.
The 33 year-old Williams has also won the Australian Open, the French Open and will complete the so-called Golden Slam if she wins the 2015 U.S. Open – all in the same calendar year.
“I look forward to meet her tonight, maybe I have a dance with her if they allow me,” Djokovic told reporters on Sunday (July 12).
“She has achieved something incredible, (I have) so much respect for her. She is an unbelievable competitor and I hope for her that she makes the ‘golden slam’. She deserves that,” he said about the American who won her 21st Grand Slam.
Federer was bidding to win his eighth Wimbledon title and become the oldest champion in the world’s top grass tournament.
The Swiss, aged 33 and 338 days, said his younger rival could achieve much more in his career.
“And clearly he is going to be one of the top guys – where, we still have to wait and see but I am sure he is still has many more great years ahead of him,” said the world number two who has won 17 Grand Slams.
Djokovic’s dominant 7-6(1) 6-7(10) 6-4 6-3 victory over Roger Federer showed that his current stranglehold on the men’s game is tight and at 28 years old, there are many more miles in the tank.
“I just proved myself that I can do it again. I think that’s… and obviously I am an emotional guy. I go through tough moments in the match like he does and like anybody does really,” said the world number one who chewed on the Wimbledon turf in his now familiar celebration.
Federer admitted that despite reaching the final, going back home without the main trophy left him disappointed.
“I still think I had a great tournament. You can have good tournaments without winning as well you know. At the end I still won six matches and lost one so the ratio still remains very good you know but of course you go, you sort walk away empty handed you know,” he said.