Djokovic Outlasts Federer to Capture Wimbledon Crown

by John on July 6, 2014

Djokovic Wimbledon 14

Novak Djokovic banished some demons today, rallying past Roger Federer 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final on a sunsplashed afternoon at SW19. The 27-year-old Serb, who will reclaim the No. 1 ranking in the world tomorrow, had lost his last three Grand Slam finals and five of his last six. Commentators of late had been quietly voicing the notion that Djokovic blinked in the big moments and wasn’t able to come through in the clutch anymore. Nole put those suppositions to rest, although there were some shaky moments in the 3-hour, 56-minute masterpiece of a match. It was the top-seeded Djokovic’s seventh Grand Slam title and second Wimbledon crown. He also won at the All England Club in 2011. The 32-year-old Federer, seeded No. 4, despite being denied his record eighth Wimbledon title, proved there’s a lot more left in the tank. Although Djokovic lost only four points on his serve in the first set, and held two set points, Federer won the opener in a tiebreaker. One break separated the two in the second set, with Djokovic getting it in the third game and holding throughout, to even the match at a set apiece. Federer served lights out in the third set, blasting 13 aces, but just like Djokovic in the opening set, lost it in the tiebreaker. Up 2-1 in the fourth set, Djokovic got the first of back-to-back-to-back breaks and then held for a 5-2 lead. Two games later Federer broke to trail 4-5. Serving in the 10th game, Federer double-faulted to make it 30-30, then netted a backhand to set up championship point for Djokovic. Federer proceeded to hit a serve that was ruled out, but he challenged the call and replay showed it hit the line for an ace. The Swiss held and broke in the following game to force a fifth set. “I was hoping that Roger was going to miss the first serve [on match point], but that didn’t happen,” Djokovic said. “It rarely happens. That’s why he has 17 Grand Slams and he’s been the most successful player ever, because in important moments, he comes up with his best shots and top game.” Djokovic brushed off the disappointment, steadied his nerves, refocused and scored the only break of the set in the final game to capture the championship. “Of course, after dropping a fourth set, it wasn’t easy to regroup and compose myself and find that necessary energy to win the fifth,” Djokovic said. “I don’t know how I managed to do it.” Federer hit 29 aces to 13 for Nole, and led in winners, 75-68. Djokovic won four of 15 break points, Federer three of seven. “You know going into a match with Novak, it’s always going to be tough,” Federer said. “Sometimes rough physically, because we play athletic points. I can only say congratulations today.”





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