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Emotional Djokovic dedicates title to first coach

ESPN staff
July 6, 2014
Novak Djokovic overcame Roger Federer in a thrilling Wimbledon final that went five sets © Getty Images

An emotional Novak Djokovic held aloft the Wimbledon trophy then dedicated his triumph to his future wife, their unborn baby and his former coach Jelena Gencic, who died last year.

Djokovic overcame Roger Federer in an epic five-set final that will live long in the memory, with the Serbian wasting a championship point in the fourth set and also seeing a 5-2 advantage squandered in that set before finally winning his second Wimbledon crown in three hours and 56 minutes.

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Novak Djokovic celebrates his Wimbledon triumph with his coaching team, including Boris Becker © Getty Images
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"I would like to dedicate this to my future wife, and our future baby," said Djokovic, to cheers from the Centre Court crowd. Djokovic had announced his engagement to Jelena Ristic earlier this year and reports suggest they could marry this week.

"I'm going to become a father soon, I'm still preparing for that, it's a great joy in life."

After also making a dedication to his team - which includes coach Boris Becker, himself a three-time winner at Wimbledon - Djokovic concluded his speech by speaking about Gencic, his first ever coach.

"Last but not least I want to dedicate this title to my first coach, who taught me the basics of tennis shots and behaviour and everything I know about tennis, Jelena Gencic. She passed away last year. This is for her." He then held the trophy to the sky and kissed it.

Djokovic moves level with a group of players including John McEnroe and Mats Wilander on seven career grand slam titles. Beaten finalist Federer remains the all-time leader with 17.

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