Djokovic was twice treated by a trainer on his left shoulder near the end of the second set, but showed no sign of injury as he dominated the third set to reach his 17th Grand Slam final. After this one, Djokovic bellowed.
“We managed to find the right chemistry and he has contributed a lot”, Djokovic said.
“I think it’s normal because Roger is a champion on and off the court”. A forehand victor followed, and it was over.
Numerous legends, including Borg and Laver, watched his latest triumph from the Royal Box as Djokovic levelled his career series with Federer at 20 wins apiece in an another enthralling title showdown between the sport’s two premier players.
LONDON-Novak Djokovic won his 3rd Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles Title at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, on Sunday July 12, 2015 beating Roger Federer in 4-sets.
The world number one’s most recent defeat came against Stan Wawrinka in last month’s French Open final, but five weeks later he has gone some way to making up for missing out on the one major title to still elude him.
“You sort of walk away empty-handed”. For me, a finalist trophy is not the same. Everybody knows that.
Roger Federer, 33, and Novak Djokovic, 28, faced off once again!
“It tasted very, very good this year”, said Djokovic. “I mean, it’s not that easy, especially with Roger’s precision and accuracy”. But the second-seeded Swiss’s serve, which had been functioning with laser precision throughout the tournament, then faltered allowing Djokovic to break back immediately. It helped, too, that Federer was not the same height-of-his-powers player who defeated Andy Murray in the semifinals. One difference-maker: Djokovic only had 3 unforced errors, while Federer had 11.
But he said: “I still think I had a great tournament”.
“I was screaming inside of myself”, said Federer.
For two sets on Sunday, the Wimbledon final was a complete tossup, brilliantly contested by a pair of tennis virtuosos from two different half-generations.
It was the longest tie-breaker in a gentlemen’s final at Wimbledon since Pete Sampras and Patrick Rafter went 12-10 in the first set in 2000.
Still, most spectators were pulling for Federer. Federer would have become the oldest champion in the open era but he came up against a brick wall in Djokovic who just kept on getting the Swiss player’s serve back. After the match, he said, “I’m still very hungry and motivated to keep playing, and a match like this obviously is helpful”.
That paved the way for a titanic tiebreak where the 33-year-old saved six more set points before leveling the final on his second set point.
Even though Federer won the second set, I just felt from then on everybody knew what was going to happen. With second serves Djokovic was some way ahead winning an average of 60 percent compared to Federer’s 49 percent.
At the changeover, Djokovic yelled at himself.
Djokovic was clearly irritated at his own wastefulness and put immediate pressure on Federer’s serve in the third set, earning a break in the third game.
The fourth set was solidity and more.
After winning Djokovic pointed to the heavens before stooping and eating a blade of grass. “This is his trophy as much as mine”.