Novak Djokovic claimed his third Wimbledon crown on Sunday, after defeating no.2 seed and seven-time former champion Roger Federer in four sets 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-3 on Centre Court.
Novak capitalised on four of his 10 break points, while the Swiss converted one of his seven chances. The match-up was the 40th between the pair, they are now tied 20-20. Federer broke first for 4-2, but Djokovic broke back immediately and held to level. The Swiss kept pressing and earned two set points with Nole serving at 5-6, only for the Serb to save both with big serves. Novak forced a tie-breaker and took the first three points of the shootout, raising his game to race through it for 7-1. The real excitement came towards the end of the second set, when both players produced their best tennis. The top seed failed to convert seven set points, as Federer fought to level the match at one set apiece, sealing dramatic tie-break 12-10. Nole recovered superbly from the disappointment of missing the chances, hitting back to win the third and fourth sets. One championship point was all he needed to clinch the victory after two hours and 55 minutes of play.
“It’s a great privilege to play against Roger, who is a great champion,” Novak said on-court. “He has done so much for our sport on and off the court. I was aware coming onto the court, that Roger would play his best when it matters the most. He pushes you to limits. You work hard all your life, every day. You envisage yourself being on the Centre Court, holding this trophy. It’s a very thrilling feeling.”
Nole: “During the rain delay I got my thoughts together, went back to basics and played a really, really good match”
“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, let’s enjoy this.”
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