Thursday - Jun 22, 2017

Novak Djokovic overcomes Roger Federer to win his second Wimbledon title


Novak Djokovic overcomes Roger Federer to win his second Wimbledon title

In a hard fought contest Novak Djokovic frame it would only into his Grand Slam drought defeating Swiss veteran Roger Federer over five sets.

A Topsy-Turvey match saw the 27 year old Serb eventually come through to win 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 6-4 to take his second Wimbledon championship as well as his seventh Grand Slam title in what was Wimbledon’s first five-set final since 2009.

Despite being the favorite Djokovic had finished second in his previous three major tennis finals, and was forced to work hard by Federer, now 32, was pulling out all the stops to surpass Pete Sampras’s record of having won eight Wimbledon Championships as well as becoming become the oldest winner in modern times to win the All-England Championships.

The likeable Swiss player had the backing of the majority of the 15,000-strong fans watching the match on the Centre Court, who were particularly enthusiastic when Federer won five successive games from 5-2 down in the fourth set to draw level at two sets all.

After that setback Djokovic socially recovered his nerve, fending off a number of break points in the deciding set to clinch a spectacular victory, taking an energy sapping three hours and 56 minutes to do so. When hit the winning shot, Djokovic fell to his knees and kissed the Wimbledon turf, a repeat of the gesture that he made after winning the championship for the first time in 2011 celebrating the end of his run of 18 months without a major tennis title.

Now with seven Grand Slam titles under his belt , Djokovic has drawn level with the John McEnroe and Mats Wilander, although still ten Grand Slam victories behind Federer, who sits at the top of the all-time winners list.

Roger Federer, came through the tournament, improving all the time , almost being given a new lease of life after both Rafael Nadal and Alan Andy Murray were surprisingly defeated, although his Indian summer didn’t last long enough to earn him his elusive eighth title.

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