Novak Djokovic was a happy man earlier today after turning on the style to beat Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final to claim his 9th Grand Slam title.
Roger came into the final on the back of an impressive performance against Andy Murray, with many touting him as major favourites to clinch the title. But Djokovic himself has looked unstoppable since his French Open defeat to Stan Wawrinka, and that translated into a nerve-wrecking first set earlier today.
The Serb ultimately clinched it 7-6 after winning the tie breaker, but Federer got into his strides in the second set, clinching it 7-6 on the tie breaker as well.
Djokovic raced into a 3-2 lead in the third set, before play was suspended for about 15 minutes due to rain, but as the game resumed, Djokovic continued his momentum to seize a comfortable 6-4 win. The final set was unusually a breeze for the Serb, as he cruised past Federer to win it 6-3 and seal the title.
“I have to say it’s a big challenge playing against Roger,” Djokovic told BBC. “A lot of players of my generation have looked up to him and followed his lead.
“He makes you push your limits, work hard and win every single point.”
Federer, on the other hand, was gracious in defeat, and accepted the fact that he was second-best on the day.
Federer said: “I had my chances in the first set. I got lucky to win the second, had chances in the third. But he was better on the bigger points. He was rock solid, I didn’t play badly myself. That’s how it goes.”