Djokovic validated his No. 1 ranking just two days after taking it away from Nadal, defeating him at the Wimbledon final 6–4, 6–1, 1–6, 6–3. Novak was relentless against the defending Wimbledon champ, who many still favored in the match. Things started even, but a Djokovic break to make it 5–4 in the first set changed the nature of the match, and likely reminded Rafa of the four defeats he had already suffered at Novak’s hands that year.
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