Novak Djokovic has won Wimbledon 2015 for the third time in his career. He beat Roger Federer 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3, meaning there was to be no fairy-tale ending for the Swiss player, who had hoped to win his record-breaking eighth Wimbledon title this year.
A packed Centre Court audience looked on as the two tennis greats battled it out in a match that lasted just a little over three hours. Djokovic appeared in inspired form throughout the game and produced a series of splendid winners to clinch the game, and defend his title, at the All England Club.
The win marks Novak Djokovic’s ninth Grand Slam win of his career. In his post-match interview, he spoke about the thrill that comes with winning against one of the finest players of his generation.
“Roger makes you push your limits, work hard and earn every point. For these matches, you work every day, repetitively… it’s a thrilling feeling.”
While Roger Federer was gracious like always, even in defeat.
“I think Novak played well not only today, but this week, this year, last year, the year before that… I didn’t play too badly either, but that’s how it goes. I’m still hungry and motivated to keep playing… it’s been a privilege to be here and back on Centre Court.”
Once Djokovic overcame his second-set shakiness, during which he let seven points go, there was nothing that could stop the Serb from winning his 50th career title. Before a slight drizzle halted the game briefly during the third set, Novak was already beginning to further his sturdy grasp on the match.
From then on, despite a brave performance from Federer, who failed to reach the heights of his semi-final game against Murray, Djokovic was fully in control of proceedings.
The win also means that Novak has now equaled his coach’s, Boris Becker’s, record of three Wimbledon titles.
At the end of the game, Djokovic stooped low to eat a blade of grass in his traditional celebratory style, as the crowd waited for the roof to close for the award ceremony. Having lost the French Open to Stan Wawrinka, Novak has now announced his stunning return to form.
It is all set up perfectly for the U.S. Open now, which begins on August 31. Novak will set his sights on taking his Grand Slam tally to double figures before the season is up.
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