Novak Djokovic created history at Wimbledon by winning his 3rd consecutive and a 6th Wimbledon title. The Serbian machine also equaled Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at 20 grand slams and looks likely to overtake them very soon given his recent form. He has a 100% record at grand slams this year, having won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon already.
10 days after his triumph, Djokovic took to Instagram and penned an emotional note about how he dreamed of winning Wimbledon as a child. He revealed that he used to stand in front of the mirror with a trophy he made out of improvised material and picture himself as the Wimbledon winner.
He started: “I know I am late, but it’s never too late with Wimbledon post. I wanted to write few words and acknowledge this wonderful piece of art whose author is unknown (at least to me). When I first saw this picture I was emotional. It brought me back to childhood and my first tennis steps.”
“When I was a kid, I was constructing Wimbledon trophy out of improvised material I could find in my room. I was looking myself in the mirror, saying “I am Novak Djokovic, Wimbledon champion”. To win this sacred and most special tournament for me for 6th time is surreal. I am blessed and grateful to experience many beautiful moments on the holy grass of Wimbledon. My imagination was very realistic,” he said.
He also emphasized on the power of dreaming and how parents play a vital role in fulfilling those. He encouraged fellow parents to create a supportive environment. “As every kid, I dreamed, imagined, visualized and believed 100% in my dreams, like they were already achieved,” he said.
“Imagination and visualization is a super power. When children dream and imagine, it’s the purest form of love and motivation. I was fortunate that I had parents and few more other close people in my career that allowed me to dream and believe I can reach the stars in tennis. I am not saying that everyone will succeed in reaching the biggest heights in tennis. As a parent I believe creating loving and caring environment where we as parents show respect and support for children’s dreams, can do many wonders for our society and sports ecosystem as a whole.”
Djokovic 2 steps away from creating history
Novak Djokovic will now compete at the Tokyo Olympics and will be the favorite to win the gold for Serbia in Men’s Singles. He now has a realistic chance to complete at Golden Slam, i.e. win all four slams and the Olympic gold in the same year.
He has already won the first three slams, and if he wins the Olympic Gold and the US Open, he will become the first man to complete a Golden Slam in tennis history.