Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon title for second year in a row
NOVAK Djokovic successfully defended his Wimbledon title on Centre Court today, defeating Roger Federer 7-6,6-7,6-4,6-3 in a two hours 56 minutes demonstration of his superb return of serve.
The World No 1 bounced back from his defeat in the French Open final to Stan Wawrinka to collect a third Wimbledon title and stop Federer adding to the seven he already holds. Federer would have become the oldest champion in the open era but he came up against a brick wall in Djokovic who just kept on getting the Swiss player's serve back.
Now, Djokovic will once again turn his attention to why he cannot win the French Open, the only Slam he hasn't collected and he will be favourite to take the US Open in September on this form.
The only downer on a great day of tennis was the decision to close the roof for the trophy presentation with rain predicted to fall, Both players left the court while the roof was closing to leave the fans with nothing to do as the Champion headed to the changing room along with a beaten World No 2.
The first set was a tasty preparations for the epic second one as both player produced magical tennis for a crowd that was enjoying every incredible shot. The first break of serve came from Federer who moved into a 4-2 first set lead only to have his own serve broken for only the second time at the Championships this year.
The set hurtled into a tie break that no one expected to be so one sided with Federer suddenly becoming error prone allowing Djokovic to take it 7-1 and the set 7-6. Was this the signal that Federer would roll over meekly. Not a chance.
The two players continue to do untold damage on the tennis ball with thunderous ground strokes with Djokovic the first strike, creating a set point in the 10th game he couldn't take. Federer could have broken in the next game which went to four deuces but Djokovic held out and the Serb would have been expecting to dominated the tie break again.
Instead it turned into an amazing story of Federer's ability to withstand pressure and set points with incredible heart and athleticism. Federer was 3-6 down and managed to save a total of six set points in the breaker making a total of seven and it only ended when the Swiss master tied the match taking it 12-10 and the noise will have been heard across the Channel.
Could Federer make the most of his brilliant fight back or would Djokovic steady the ship? We got the answer in the third game of the third set as a wild forehand flew long and Federer was broken. Then at 2-3 down he had to pick up his bag and follow Djokovic off court as rain arrived to cause a short interruption to this magnificent battle.
What then followed was tame with Djokovic serving out to take the set 6-4 with both men holding to love in the last four games. Now it was time for the Federer fans to get their man going but the support he received was undermined by another demonstration of Djokovics return game as he broke in the fifth game with tremendous depth on his shots.
Federer had to save two break points in the seventh and with the clock showing almost three hours of action Federer lost his serve for the final time and the match.