Novak Djokovic claimed his 3rd Wimbledon Grand Slam title at the All England Club in his 17th Grand Slam Championship final. The world number one closed out the match in just under there hours with a 7-6 (1) 6-7 (10) 6-4 6-3 hard-earned victory over Roger Federer in what was their 40th meeting.
By Javier Yap – @javiervanderyap
The Serb proved just why he is currently the world’s best player, extending his win-loss record for the current calendar year to 48-3. The matchup was a repeat of last year’s final and fell in favour of Djokovic once again this time around. The victory also means that the Djoker is the first tennis player to win back-to-back Wimbledon titles since Federer back in 2007.
The world number one was feeling the pressure at 5-6 down, on serve but was able to produce his best service game of the set, which saved him from 2 set points before forcing a tie breaker. Djokovic then went on to win longest rally of the opening set (22) after setting himself up for an easy forehand down the line. Federer gifted his opponent the first set with his first double of the match.
However it was the high amount of unforced errors (11) that came from the Swiss Maestro’s racquet compared to Djokovic (3) that let him down up to that point. Federer gifted his opponent the first set in 45 minutes after serving his first double fault of the match at 5 set points down.
The second set was a must-win for Federer, as history was against the world number two, with no player being able to win a Wimbledon final from two sets down since 1927.
Federer had chances to break early on in the second set like he did in the first but both players managed to hold serve, taking the match into a second tiebreaker. The Swiss served his second double fault of the match at 5-4 down, setting up a set point for Djokovic. However, the Serb was unable to seize the opportunity by sending a forehand wide.
Both players were neck and neck in the tie thrilling breaker but it was Swiss Maestro who sent the crowd roaring after he managed to level the match by taking out the tight 2nd set. Djokovic had 6 chances to close off the set in the tie breaker but it was the world number two who kept his cool to level the match to one set all on his 2nd set point.
The Djoker took the early break in the third set to serve for a 4-2 lead but not before play was suspended momentarily due to rain. The world number one and two didn’t let the 20 minutes of stoppage disrupt their momentum, carrying through with their intense hard-hitting ground strokes.
Both players held serve comfortably, with Djokovic closing out the third set 6-4 with a simple overhead hit.
Djokovic mounted the pressure on his Swiss opponent, taking the early break in the fourth set.
Although the scoreboard suggested that the world number one had the match comfortably in his hand in the last set, the Swiss Maestro pushed his opponent to fight for every point. Federer’s 35 unforced errors compared to Djokovic’s 16 held him back from surpassing Pete Sampras’ joint record of 7 Wimbledon titles in the Open era.
The pair last faced each other at the 2015 Internazionali BNL d’Italia final where Djokovic triumphed 6-4 6-3 and today’s result levels their head to head record to 20-20.
The Serbian has now extended his grand slam haul to nine and has a great chance of hitting double figures at the US Open later next month if he can maintain his fine form. The French Open remains the only major to elude the world number one after losing for his third time in the final of the clay court grand slam to Stanislas Wawrinka last month.