Superb Novak tears Rafa and court apart

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic tasted Wimbledon victory yesterday - by eating the famous Centre Court grass.

Tennis star Novak Djokovic tasted Wimbledon victory yesterday - by eating the famous Centre Court grass.

The Serbian fell on his back after defeating Spain’s Rafael Nadal in four sets (6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3) then knelt over and picked some of the hallowed turf and put it in his mouth.

The 24-year-old wowed a 15,000 capacity crowd - and more than 10,000 around Wimbledon - with his blockbusting tennis.

Nadal, who surrendered his title and top world ranking to Djokovic, could not cope with his combination of speed and brutal shot selection.

A galaxy of stars watched on as Djokovic, who left his home aged just 12 to pursue tennis, played the game of his life to become Serbia’s first man to take the crown.

Seeing Djokovic win, his president Boris Tadic rose to his feet in the Royal Box and celebrated.

There are no grass courts in Serbia and winning the 125th All England championships, Djokovic wanted to savour the moment.

He lay on his back on the lawn before making the sign of the cross and gesturing up to the heavens.

He then bent down, picked some blades of grass and put them in his mouth.

He said of the quirky celebration: “I felt like an animal - I wanted to see how it tastes.

“It came spontaneously, I didn’t plan to do it, I didn’t know what to do for my excitement and joy.”

He added: “It tastes good,” and said he did not have the words to express the best moment of his life.

Djokovic, who said he dreamed of winning Wimbledon as a child, paid tribute to his family, friends and girlfriend Jelena Ristic describing it as a team victory.

He said they had all reminisced about his success after leaving his war-torn homeland. It’s really beautiful. I mean this success kind of makes you rewind the old days, makes you come back to your childhood and remember what you’ve been through to get to this stage.

“We all know the situation in our country, how it was with the wars and things like that. It was definitely really difficult to become a tennis professional, with tennis being not one of the most popular sports in our country, it didn’t have any history.”