The French Open is still missing from Djokovic’s quest for a career grand slam.
It’s the 10th since the start of last season; Djokovic leads 5-4. That also ended Djokovic’s bid to complete the career Grand Slam.
Just after match point, Djokovic followed his strangest tradition, eating a few pieces of the Centre Court grass. After an exciting but tough tennis match, Djokovic pulled through to win the men’s singles tournament for the second straight year in a row. You know, he’s been very injury-free. Djokovic demonstrated why he is considered the best returner in the game, winning more than half the points on Federer’s second serve. “For me, I don’t really think about the match we played against each other previous year….”
I don’t think that was because he was playing Djokovic instead of Murray, he just didn’t find the form he found in the semi-finals and Novak capitalised. Whoever that’s going to be against, it’s always a big occasion. “At the same time, I lost against the world No. 1 at the moment”.
Djokovic was playing in his 17th major final compared to Federer’s 26th. “You know, I was on the verge of winning and Roger came back”.
With Federer fighting to hold on in the fourth set, Djokovic suddenly began to breeze through his service games while his returning and movement were a joy to behold.
The loss has to be particularly heartbreaking for Federer, who hasn’t won a title on his signature surface since 2012. “You can have a good tournament without winning”.
The defending champion outplayed Federer in four sets Sunday to win his third Wimbledon title and ninth Grand Slam championship, cementing his status as the dominant player in the game. The oldest man to win Wimbledon in the modern era is Arthur Ashe who was 31 years 360 days old when he won the in 1975. “I mean, it’s not that easy, especially with Roger’s precision and accuracy”. This is where he plays his best tennis, the Centre Court of Wimbledon, seven titles – it’s his court.
The outstanding Djokovic suffered the torment of losing the French Open final to Stan Wawrinka last month, but put that behind him in style to claim his third major title on the grass in south-west London. “It’s not”, Federer said. “That’s why he’s been able to compete into his mid-30s at the highest level”.
“A pity I couldn’t make more of the momentum, I guess”, Federer said.
After he lost in a five-setter previous year to Djokovic, Federer was in tears knowing how close he’d come to another championship.
Victory on Sunday for the 28-year-old would have an interesting symmetry – it was 30 years ago that coach Boris Becker won his first Wimbledon title as a 17-year-old.
Djokovic looked up against it, but showed why he is the top-ranked player in the world by breaking back immediately when Federer sent a volley into the net under pressure.
“In the matches against him, I went through a lot of different emotions and things that allowed me to understand what I need to do to become a better player and to win against him and win grand slam trophies”. It’s his court. He loves it. He usually rises up to the occasion.