Today was tennis’ Super Bowl across the pond and it pitted two living legends of the game against each other in an epic, 5-set Final. Novak Djokovic prevailed 6-7 6-4 7-6 5-7 6-4 over Roger Federer, winning Wimbledon for the second time in his career, his 7th major win overall, and he takes over as the world’s new #1 ranked player in the ATP. The match, that ESPN’s Greg Garber writes is an “instant classic”, was nothing short of brilliant as the quality of play never faltered and featured many magnificent winners of all kind, from both players.
One of the endearing qualities to tennis is the mental fortitude required to play the sport at a high level. After all it is just you on the court and the game brings about many life parallels to endure head-on. Both players were prime examples today of overcoming adversity. Federer rallied back from a Championship Point and had to break Djokovic numerous times to survive the 4th set and force a deciding 5th. With the momentum Fed’s way, and the adversity now Djokovic’s way, the champion spoke about how he remained and recharged mentally going into the 5th set. This post-match interview below was amazing as Djokovic conveyed how he “tried to be in the present moment and be aware of the occasion…” later telling the Tennis Channel that, “My convictions were greater than my doubts.” He even details what he told himself during a restroom break before the 5th set, which I can imagine, even somewhat humorously.
This interview and Djokovic’s performance in the last set was a firm affirmation about living in the present moment and amazing to see played out and well-communicated by Djokovic just moments after the emotions of winning. If you’re even of the most casual of tennis fans, you can hopefully appreciate and gain inspiration from these lessons played out on the Centre Court grass this afternoon.
(Lastly, peep some of the sweet images from today.)
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