Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Djokovic Flushed with Success after Help from Becker; Serb Wins Wimbledon Title after Trip to the Toilet Mid-Match Allows Him to Refocus and Remember Coach's Words

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Djokovic Flushed with Success after Help from Becker; Serb Wins Wimbledon Title after Trip to the Toilet Mid-Match Allows Him to Refocus and Remember Coach's Words

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Byline: Chris Jones

NOVAK DJOKOVIC today revealed Boris Becker and a visit to the toilet helped him in his outstanding Wimbledon triumph over Roger Federer.

Becker, the three-time champion here, was brought in as coach this year to improve Djokovic's mental strength and belief -- qualities that started to waver as the Serb lost the fourth set after wast- ing a match point.

That is when the new world No1 headed for a comfort break, replicat- ing the move Andy Murray made before the final set of his US Open final with Djokovic two years ago which the Scot went on to win.

However, while Murray looked at him- self in the mirror and vowed not to lose another Grand Slam final, Djokovic did it slightly differently as he gained the inspiration needed to go on and claim a 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6--4 win.

He said today: "I didn't look at the mirror, I was looking at the toilet bowl! I told myself I need to refocus after the fourth set because you have these fears, doubts and different demons and you have to fight.

"Boris has worked on the psycho- logical perspective and that is why I brought him on board, also because of his experience in tennis, particularly on grass. It takes time to find the right chemistry and this is turning point in my relationship with Boris.

"He talks about the importance of mental toughness and self--belief. He believes in my game and wants me to stay in there and stay tough."

Djokovic leaves London today to start preparing for his wedding to fiancee Jelena Ristic which takes place on Wednesday at a Montenegro resort. It is an unusual way to mark your second Wimbledon victory but Djokovic knows this is no ordinary year with their first child due in the autumn. Djokovic told guests at the Champions Dinner at the Royal Opera House last night: "My pri- mary focus is the lists for the table plans and I am very excited.

"It's two different pressures I am fac- ing now this week ; a Wimbledon final and a wedding. I don't feel stress and am joyful and excited about what is coming up along with the arrival of our first child. This is a new chapter in our lives that we are looking forward to experiencing."

Djokovic has now collected seven Grand Slam titles -- he stands alongside John McEnroe and Mats Wilander in the all--time list -- and on this form he will be favourite to win the US Open in New York in September. …

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