Djokovic and Williams have the mindset of champions

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Can Eastbourne help Novak Djokovic get back on track in time for Wimbledon?

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Congratulations to Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, who are both incredible athletes and deserved Wimbledon champions.

A fortnight ago, at the start of the tournament I was asked the question of who I thought would win?

Serena for the ladies’ title was always an easy choice but the men’s winner was far from straightforward to pick.

Like the rest of us, I wanted Andy Murray to win, although the idea of separating him from Djokovic proved too difficult at the time!

As the tournament progressed I let heart rule head and eventually tipped Murray for glory.

But looking back at it now, you would say that Djokovic was always the man to beat.

After seeing Roger Federer beat Murray in the semi-final, which I have to say was the best tennis I have ever seen from anyone, the big question for me was whether he could replicate that again in yesterday’s final.

But it simply didn’t happen for him.

I don’t think that was because he was playing Djokovic instead of Murray, he just didn’t find the form he found in the semi-finals and Novak capitalised.

That’s three in a row now for him at Wimbledon and you have to tip your hat to him and say some of the tennis served up has been extraordinary.

The biggest thing I saw from a technical point of view was just how much more of the court they (the men’s players) are using.

The width and depth of court they are using is worth mentioning.

The amount of times the guys were playing outside of the doubles lines was incredible.

And taking that into consideration, the whole flow of yesterday’s final, right from the beginning, seemed to suit Djokovic.

I always felt that he was going to win.

Even though Federer won the second set, I just felt from then on everybody knew what was going to happen.

A big congratulations also to Serena who, as predicted, completed the ‘Serena Slam’ on Saturday.

Honestly, I don’t think she played her best tennis at Wimbledon this year.

But she just proved how mentally strong she was.

The biggest thing I saw at Wimbledon this year, having been to the All England Club a couple of times myself over the two weeks, was how mentally strong Serena was.

From the Heather Watson match where she was 3-0 down in the final set and had been broken twice, to dig deep and come back showed the mark of a champion.

She mentally dominated her opponents, including runner-up Garbine Muguruza which is the difference between good and great players.

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