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Novak Djokovic celebrates Wimbledon win over Roger Federer by eating grass

(Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters)

Considering it took him five sets to beat No. 4 seed Roger Federer, perhaps No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic was just craving some sustenance. Directly after scoring the winning point, Djokovic got on his knees, pulled some grass out of the court and ate it. The taste of victory is sweet, it seems.

Djokovic beat Federer, who was going for a record-breaking eighth Wimbledon title in five sets — 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 — to grab the title. But before he collected the coveted trophy, he made sure to put on his watch, which was caught on ESPN’s cameras. I’m guessing its a Seiko, considering he was named a brand ambassador for the company earlier this year.

Speaking after the tournament, Djokovic said of Federer, “He’s a magnificent champion. … Thank you for letting me win today.” He added, “I don’t know how I managed to do it, this is the tournament I always dreamed of winning, the best tournament in the world, the most valuable one.”

He went on to note Wimbledon was the first tennis match he ever saw at the age of five, and then named a slew of people to whom he is dedicating his win, including his fiancee and future baby. With that, he might have finally won over the crowd, who, throughout the match, was cheering much louder for Federer.

This is Djokovic’s seventh Grand Slam title and his first since winning the 2013 Australian Open.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



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