'Night fever, night fever, we know how to show it'

Novak Djokovic, who danced up a storm with Serena Williams, feels he is in the groove and can do well at the US Open where he has appeared in five finals, winning once.
Novak Djokovic, who danced up a storm with Serena Williams, feels he is in the groove and can do well at the US Open where he has appeared in five finals, winning once.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LONDON • Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams revived an old tradition when the Wimbledon winners celebrated by dancing together to the Bee Gees' hit Night Fever at the annual champions' dinner.

Fresh from their respective singles triumphs on Centre Court over the weekend, the duo were back in the spotlight as they became the first champions to dance together at the gala event at the London Guildhall since Bjorn Borg and Chris Evert in 1976.

But while three-time Wimbledon winner Djokovic wanted a "sophisticated waltz", it was Serena, a six-time champion at the All England Club, who called the tune.

The 33-year-old American selected 1970s disco classic Night Fever and Djokovic gamely joined his fellow world No. 1 in showing off his best dance moves.

"There was no practice, I suggested the idea to (All England Club chairman) Philip Brook and Serena, and fortunately they accepted," Djokovic said on Monday.

"I was very pleased because Serena is a great dancer. I was thinking of more of a waltz - something more sophisticated, something that blends into the environment and the beautiful hall we were in.

"But Serena wanted to move a bit more and we considered other options. So it was Night Fever."

Once the partying had come to an end, Djokovic talked about his chances at next month's US Open, where he has won the title once and suffered four final defeats.

His confidence is sky-high after reaching all three Grand Slam finals this year. "I'm not the only player who is going to New York to win the trophy, but if you look at the consistency of my results at the US Open, I think it's been my best Grand Slam," he noted.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2015, with the headline ''Night fever, night fever, we know how to show it''. Print Edition | Subscribe