Becker backs Djokovic for more

Hampshire Chronicle: Novak Djokovic hugs Boris Becker, left, following his Wimbledon win Novak Djokovic hugs Boris Becker, left, following his Wimbledon win

Novak Djokovic can become a safe grand slam bet once again after claiming his second Wimbledon title, according to his coaching team.

Djokovic edged past Roger Federer in a tense five-set battle on Centre Court on Sunday, winning just his second of the last seven grand slam finals.

The 27-year-old failed to convert a championship point in the fourth set, leaving his coaches fearing a momentum shift.

Djokovic made no secret of his desire to end his trend of grand slam defeats against Federer, admitting he was desperate to avoid four-straight losses in major finals.

Djokovic's coach and three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker hailed his mental resolve to shrug off that missed opportunity in the fourth set and still claim victory.

"It was a great standard of tennis throughout the five sets, and obviously Novak won the last point," said Becker, after Djokovic's 6-7 (7/9) 6-4 7-6 (7/4) 5-7 6-4 victory.

"He had that match point, he served for the fourth set, but Roger wouldn't be Roger if he wouldn't always find another shot.

"We were all dying out there, keeping it cool from the outside, but burning up inside.

"We're looking pretty good now: he's back to number one, Wimbledon champion, obviously he's going to take a couple of weeks off now but the next big one is the US Open.

"He lost in the final to Rafa (Nadal) there last year so hopefully he can go one better."

Fitness trainer Gebhard Phil-Gritsch backed Djokovic's seventh grand slam title to rebuild the brittle confidence that led to that spate of defeats in finals.

"He has just had to keep on working hard and we hoped that would pay off," said Phil-Gritsch. " We are very happy that this has happened here today.

"We were very confident at that point that the match would be over any minute.

"But credit has to go to Roger, from the first to the last, his serve was outstanding and he played a great match.

"The quality of the match, in my eyes, was outstanding, from both players.

"In the end just a couple of points decided the match, and luckily it went our way.

"At the end it's both mental and physical, because of the amount of running they have done, and it's very hard to keep fresh legs.

"Obviously mentally you can't separate the mind from the body, it's all connected, so both have to work together or things don't happen.

"He was able to do that, to keep it together, and that's extremely positive."

Six-time grand slam winner Becker joked he had forgotten where the Champions' Ball is held, coaching a Wimbledon winner some 25 years after his last triumph in SW19 during his playing career.

"I haven't been there in a while, I'll have to ask directions!" he said.

"I'll have to find my black tie and all that.

"It's a great feeling, it was a good celebration in the locker room afterwards - we opened a bottle of champagne and everybody was smiling."

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