NOVAK DJOKOVIC has introduced again the custom of Wimbledon champions dancing collectively.
However a very powerful facet of Djokovic’s return to the winner’s circle is the shake-up it brings to the latest dominance of fellow thirty-somethings Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Or as seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander places it: The chase is again on.
Djokovic’s fast boogie with Angelique Kerber on Sunday evening was a bit of sunshine aid forward of the intense enterprise as he, Federer and Nadal, with one Grand Slam title every this yr, head for a US Open showdown subsequent month.
In some methods, it’s an indictment of the failure of youthful gamers to oust the previous guard.
This yr’s Wimbledon was the primary time since tennis went professional in 1968 that every one 4 male semi-finalists at a Grand Slam had been 30 or over.
World No three Alexander Zverev, 21, is the person tipped at some point to be the game’s large male star, to succeed the place gamers of their mid-20s like Grigor Dimitrov have failed.
However the reality is that Zverev and everybody else try to compete with three of the best gamers to ever choose up a racket.
The standard of Djokovic and Nadal’s semi-final was of a stage few have ever reached.
So maybe tennis and the broader sporting world ought to take pleasure in these three very completely different however equally pushed titans whereas they nonetheless can.
Retired tennis star Wilander mentioned in L’Equipe: “The chase is again on. These three are once more going to attempt to go nonetheless increased.
“I’m not saying that Roger or Rafa can do it however they’re going to see a purpose to proceed to work to problem Djokovic’s recreation.
“In New York we’re going to know who’s one of the best on this planet in 2018.”
Djokovic, 31, could have revived the dancing on the Champions’ Dinner in SW19, however he declined to provide the normal press convention for the lads’s winner on the morning after victory.
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His tennis over the fortnight did plenty of talking for him.
Sunday’s straight-sets triumph over Kevin Anderson gave Djokovic his 13th Grand Slam crown and first since the 2016 French Open — the win which made him only the third male player to hold all four Majors at the same time.
So can the super Serb return to that level of dominance?
Djokovic, speaking shortly after the final, said: “I understand that people are questioning whether I can consistently play on this level.
“Trust me, I am too. I can’t see the future. But I like to play on hard courts.
“The US Open was always a successful tournament for me.
“I’m looking forward to going out there, playing my best and see where it takes me.”
Rafa and Roger — 32 and 36 respectively — will be interested too.