It was largely a classy duel what if it could not go to five sets. World’s top two tennis stars fought out against one another in front of the packed Center Court of the All-England Club in South West London. When the final point was won, Djokovic helped himself to his customary grass feed and said that it tasted better this year. Roger Federer was graceful in defeat and paid rich tribute to Djokovic for his victory. When the champion and runner-up stood at the net with their trophies for a photo-shoot, one was reminded about their dominance at Wimbledon. In the last 13 years since Federer first won Wimbledon in 2003, the Djokovic and Federer combine have taken an amazing number of 10 titles. Of the other three, two have gone to Rafael Nadal and one to Andy Murray. This also shows how the Big-Four have ruled at Wimbledon for more than a decade. On Sunday the two men were equally matched until Federer’s unforced errors count rose alarmingly. The Swiss won the second set tiebreak but his overall game could not match Djokovic’s. Finally, it was the 28-year Serbian, who won for the coveted Wimbledon Trophy for the second year running. It was literally a repeat of last year’s final except that it did not go to five sets. With his third win, Djokovic matched the Wimbledon record of his illustrious coach Boris Becker, who was seen constantly applauding his ward’s fine performance.
The atmosphere at Center Court was full of excitement even before the men’s final could get underway. The galleries were full and star-studded. The tilt in favor of Federer was quite obvious as all his points were celebrated with loud cheers. The celebrities included; Pippa Middleton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomi Campbell, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Grant, Bjorn Borg, Chris Evert and Rod Laver. British House of Commons speaker John Bercow openly showed his support as he sat sporting the Roger Federer baseball cap. There were so many other well-known names from films, sports, politics and industry, who never wanted to miss the duel between the two classy players.
The start of the final indicated that the 7-time champion had something up his sleeve as he won the first five points of the match. Djokovic had an uncertain start as he was pushed back early in the first set. The world no.2 opened up a 4-2 lead in the first set before the Serb could get into his groove. Djokovic was tenacious and Federer began committing avoidable errors to the oohs of disappointment from his numerous supporters. With Federer having a set point, Djokovic looked in trouble. But he saved it and held his serve with an ace to force the tie-break. It was Djokovic, who took the tiebreak easily and led 1-0. In the second set, the two players were strong with their service and another tiebreak ensued. However, on this occasion, it was Federer, who reeled off point after point before trailing 2-4 at changeover. The second set tiebreak was a humdinger going from one side to another for long until Djokovic handed Federer his first set point. The world no.2 rushed to the net majestically to put away the winner and scores were level.
In the third set, when it looked that Federer would turn the table on his opponent, Djokovic broke the Swiss in the third game to lead 3-2. Rain forced them off the field for a while but when they came back Djokovic looked in command and took the third set 6-4. The Serb continued the momentum in the fourth set and led 3-2 after breaking Federer. At 3-5 on his serve, Federer was broken and Djokovic ran away to his second consecutive Wimbledon title with a 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory. In the end, Federer’s poor first service and a large number of unforced errors prevented him from winning his 8th Wimbledon crown.
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