Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Crestfallen Djokovic Admits He Was Second Best in Final

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Crestfallen Djokovic Admits He Was Second Best in Final

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Byline: Simon Peach

NOVAK Djokovic admitted the best man won as Andy Murray defeated him to become Britain's first men's singles champion at Wimbledon for 77 years.

This year's championships will live long in the memory, thanks to major upsets, exquisite tennis and now a British winner.

Murray was put through a gruelling ordeal by the 2011 champion but he came out a winner in straight sets, 6-4 7-5 6-4 - a result Djokovic (pictured left) could not argue with.

The world number one said: "It must mean a lot to everybody.

"Wimbledon is the most important tennis tournament in the world. Especially for him as a British player and crowd, it couldn't be a more perfect setting for them. He deserved to win and that's it.

"It was a very long match for three sets. The bottom line is he was a better player in decisive moments.

"Both second and third sets, I was 4-2 up but dropped my serve in those games and just allowed him to come back for no reason. He was getting incredible shots on the stretch and running down the drop shots. He was all over the court.

"He played fantastic tennis, no question about it. He deserved to win." Djokovic was strangely off the boil. His game lacked organisation, his serving was poor and he produced 40 unforced errors - almost double that of Murray.

The Serbian added: "It's a very high level of tennis we competed at.

"I knew I had to be on top of my game to prevail in this match.

"Andy had a huge motivation to win his first title. I also had a lot of motivation.

"It was a long opening six, seven games. It went almost 40 minutes. I wasn't patient enough in the moments when I should have been, when I should have looked for the better opportunity to attack, and my serve wasn't as good as it was the whole tournament.

"Also that is because Andy is such a good returner. …

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