In any book on tennis’ greatest ever, yesterday’s game between Roger Federer and Djokovic could well be the new opening chapter! In a show of some other-wordly tennis, two of the G.O.A.T.S (Greatest Of All Time, for the uninitiated) played the longest ever Wimbledon final—4 hours and 57 minutes! Talk about going the distance—that was settled, again for the first time ever, by a final set tiebreak. Just when the spectators’ loyalties begin to shuffle—you suddenly feel like you can’t decide whose side you are anymore, all you can see is just how awesome these legends are, and how unreal the game on display!—the Djoker aces the clash. The Serb won his fifth Wimbledon 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3), taking his count of Grand Slam titles to a whopping 16, including four of the last five! But the jaw-dropping stats don’t end there. Here are some other crazy (and lofty!) facts about Djokovic that we bet you didn’t know:
1. The 32-year old is the first player in the Open Era since 1948 to win Wimbledon’s men’s singles title after being a match point down.
2.He’s third on the list of most Grand Slam wins in tennis history, behind only Roger Federer (with 20) and Rafael Nadal (with 18).
3.The Serb’s repertoire is something like this now: seven Australian Opens, One French Open, Three US Opens, and of course, five Wimbledons.
4. The tennis champ is an entrepreneur off-court. His family runs a restaurant, Novak 1 in Belgrade, which specialises in Eastern and Central European cuisines.
5. He is also a philanthropist, and runs the Novak Djokovic Foundation, along with wife Jelena—an organisation that champions education of underprivileged children, especially in Serbia.
6. Djokovic is strongly intolerant to gluten, wheat and dairy products, and mildly sensitive to tomatoes. The player, however, found out about it much later in his career, apparently only after 2010.
7.Our tennis champ has has even penned a book, Serve To Win, where he’s talked about growing up in a war-torn area, becoming one of the best in the sport, and the secret diet that transformed his health and become his fittest ever!