Wimbledon 2011 Men's Final: Novak Djokovic Defeats Rafael Nadal In Four Sets

No. 2 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) def. No. 1 Rafael Nadal (Spain), 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3. Novak Djokovic will hold the World No. 1 ATP ranking Monday morning, and he'll have his name engraved on a certain silver gilt cup to go with it: The freewheeling Serb has struck down the unsinkable Rafael Nadal, whom he's already beaten a handful of times this season on the Spaniard's native clay, to claim the 2011 Wimbledon gentlemen's singles tennis title. 

The fourth set, indeed, told the story of the match, returning to the back-and-forth my-service-game-for-yours play of the first, with one crucial difference: Nadal's killer mistakes came early. He broke his own serve on delirious-seeming errors to give Djokovic a 2-0 lead, broke Djokovic right back, but completely lost power in the eighth game to drop 5-3 behind the man about to overtake him in the standings no matter what he did. A beautiful over-the-shoulder backhand was the highlight of the ninth game, which culiminated in -- what else? -- a wide hit by Rafa that sent Djokovic sprawling to the grass of Centre Court in disbelief. 

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