On Friday they played the first three sets with the 12 time Grand Slam victor leading 2-1 after an epic tie break in the third set.
And then, Anderson was involved in an even longer encounter against John Isner in the semi-final. He got through Federer in the quarterfinals and outlasted Isner in the longest-ever Grand Slam semifinal.
Now Djokovic has returned to his rightful place in the world’s top 10 after arriving in London two weeks ago ranked 21st, his lowest standing in the game in more than a decade.
It’s not often that Wimbledon gets second billing on television screens around the world, but the nearly inescapable spectacle that is the World Cup is hard to ignore at the best of times.
“It’s very special. It really could have gone either way”. “Hopefully we’ll be able to play the final”, the 31-year-old said, looking back on the road to the final. Nadal, serving, second had more chances to break, but it was Djokovic who struck in the 18th game, breaking the Spaniard at love. “Basically until the last shot, I didn’t know if I was going to win”. “These are matches you live for and work for”, he added.
“It feels awesome because for the first time in my life I have someone screaming “Daddy Daddy”, Djokovic said.
Wimbledon is usually one of the saviours of the summer with no football to take our minds off normal life but this year it’s been fighting a losing battle against the World Cup, especially in England as Gareth Southgate’s side reached the semi-final.
“He had a day off which means a lot”.
Djokovic beat Anderson in straight sets and found an answer to one of this summer’s most daunting questions.
More than a few eyes were on events transpiring several hundred miles away in Moscow as France prepared to take on Croatia in the World Cup final. “That’s an incredible achievement”. Play in their 52nd career meeting resumed under the roof on Saturday despite bright blue skies and temperatures pushing 30 degrees.
He won the first two first sets at a canter, while the third was an almighty struggle sealed only after five set points were saved. He reacted by getting broken again to trail 5-3 in that set by raising his left shoe and violently pounding his racket against it – one, two, three, four times.
But when he broke Anderson for the second time in three service games at the outset, Djokovic simply shook a clenched fist while calmly looking at his guest box above the scoreboard.
After a hard few months, the 31-year-old returned to his peak at Wimbledon – and issued a warning to his rivals that he’s looking to take this momentum forward towards the US Open, which starts in August.