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Wimbledon 2015: Cool mover Novak Djokovic has really found his groove

By Tom Allnutt

Published 14/07/2015

Fine tuning: Novak Djokovic dances with Serena Williams at the Wimbledon champions’ dinner and (inset) lifts the title
Fine tuning: Novak Djokovic dances with Serena Williams at the Wimbledon champions’ dinner and (inset) lifts the title

Novak Djokovic wanted a "sophisticated waltz" but instead got the Bee Gees as he and Serena Williams revived an old tradition by dancing at the Wimbledon champions' dinner.

Fresh from their respective triumphs on Centre Court, the pair took centre stage as Djokovic and Williams became the first champions to dance officially since Bjorn Borg and Chris Evert in 1976.

The duo, who now boast 30 Grand Slam titles between them, received a standing ovation from guests at the London Guildhall but while Djokovic made the first move, it was Williams who called the tune.

"There was no practice. I suggested the idea to (All England Club chairman) Philip Brook and Serena, and fortunately they accepted," Djokovic said.

"I was very pleased because Serena is a great dancer.

"I was thinking of more of a waltz - something sophisticated, something that blends into the beautiful hall we were in.

"But Serena wanted to move a bit more and we considered other options. So it was Night Fever. Night Fever came to life and you can imagine how that looked."

While Djokovic was unsure of his late-night moves, there was nothing uncertain about the defence of his title as he earlier dispatched Roger Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (10-12) 6-4 6-3 to win his third Wimbledon crown.

Djokovic squandered seven set points before losing an exhilarating second-set tie-break but the Serb has a remarkable resilience, for which he credited the contribution of his coach Boris Becker.

"Mentally he is one of the toughest players I have ever seen play and I think that's where he has contributed most to my game," Djokovic said.

"Being able to deal with set points down, the tough has to get going so I try to keep things simple and use the advice he has given me."

Djokovic now has nine Grand Slam titles and it is far from inconceivable he could catch the 17 of Federer, who turns 34 next month, and the 14 of Rafael Nadal, who continues to be plagued by issues of fitness and form.

"In terms of reaching them I don't want to say it's too early, it's probably the right time to talk about it, but it's still far away," said Djokovic, who turned 28 in May.

"I know what it takes to win one Grand Slam. It takes a lot of effort, a lot of things have to come together.

"To reach those two guys would be incredible but honestly, I'm not thinking about it right now."

More immediately, Djokovic will turn his attention to the US Open, where he has underperformed by his own high standards, winning only once despite reaching at least the semi-final every year since 2007.

He has fallen at the last hurdle four times at Flushing Meadows, twice to Nadal and once each to Federer and Murray, but the Serb will be hot favourite to go one step further.

"I am approaching the US Open this year with two Grand Slams won and one final," Djokovic said.

"The confidence level is very high and I'm going to use that to have a shot at the title.

"I'm not the only player who is going to New York to win the trophy, but if you look at my results at the US Open I think it's been my best Grand Slam.

"I think I'm in a very good position to go far."

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