After two years of disappointment and injuries, Novak Djokovic announced his return to the top of tennis with a 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory in the Wimbledon final against Kevin Anderson on Sunday at the All England Club in London. It was Djokovic’s fourth Wimbledon and 13th Grand Slam title as the final proved to be a bridge too far for the big-serving South African.
The Serbian was quick off the blocks as he cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory in the first and second sets in just over an hour while Anderson didn’t show any signs of life. Having played for more than four and six hours of tennis in the quarter-finals and semi-finals and it looked like there was nothing left in his tank.
Going into the third set Djokovic was tested as Anderson took a 6-5 lead but the former World Number One was at his best as he saved three set points to force a tie-break.
The 13-times Grand Slam champion was very aware that Anderson came back from two sets down to win three times, including a thrilling victory against top seed Roger Federer in the quarter-finals. With that in mind, he ended any hopes of a comeback by the big-serving South African when he won the third set in a tiebreaker 6-7(3), clinching the Wimbledon title for 2018.
Asked whether it is realistic he could come back to dominance world tennis again, Djokovic said he understands that people are questioning whether he can consistently play at this level.
Trust me I am too, but at the same time, I cannot look too far on the road because I have to embrace and cherish this kind of accomplishment
“I’ve always dreamed of winning Wimbledon. I kind of constructed little trophies when I was seven-years-old, eight-years-old, of Wimbledon, raising that trophy in front of the mirror, imagining myself to be a Wimbledon champion,” Djokovic added.
Currently ranked number 10, he really is a true champion with a fourth Wimbledon title under his belt.