Novak Djokovic celebrated his first wedding anniversary with a third Wimbledon triumph on Sunday and insisted getting married to longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic was key to his success.

The world number one has captured nine titles and lost just seven matches since he and Ristic wed on July 12 last year just a week after he had won a second Wimbledon by beating Roger Federer.

On Sunday, he defeated Federer again for a third All England Club title and ninth major.

“One year ago I won the trophy, and on this day, we got married, started a new life together. It’s really an amazing chapter of my life that I’m trying to enjoy as much as I can,” said Djokovic after his 7-6 (7/1), 6-7 (10/12), 6-4, 6-3 victory.

Three months after their wedding, Jelena gave birth to the couple’s first child, Stefan.

“That was another great dimension of love and energy for us. Got us even closer together,” added the Serb.

“Whether I’m winning or losing, she’s always there. Family’s always there. When I go back home, I’m not a tennis player anymore. I’m a father and a husband. That’s a kind of balance that I think allows me to play this well.

“Ever since I got married and became a father, I haven’t lost many matches, I won many tournaments. I suggest that to every player, Get married, have kids.” – Agence France-Presse

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