Novak Djokovic reigns supreme, once again

Saad Shafqat Jul 13 2015

Novak Djokovic was crowned the Wimbledon champion for the third-time in his career after he beat Roger Federer 3-1 (7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3) in an epic final taking place at the All-England Lawn Club.

Both players were in outstanding form as they proceeded through the tournament. On his way to the final, Federer only dropped a single set, beating the likes of Giles Simon in the quarter-finals and England’s Andy Murray in the semi-finals. On the other hand, Novak Djokovic’s run to the final had its turns. He survived a scare against the American Sam Querry earlier in the tournament. Apart from that, his run to the final was easy pickings. In the semi-finals, he defeated French international, Richard Gasquet to reach yet another final at Wimbledon.

The centre court was packed to the rafters to witness another historic final between two giants of the tennis world. Celebrities also graced the centre court with their presence including Hollywood actors Bradley Cooper and Kate Winslett, football legends David Beckham and Thierry Henry and many more.  This was the third meeting in Grand-slam finals between the Serb and the Swiss, with both having a single win to their disposal. In the head to head record, Federer had the edge over his counterpart with a record of 20-19.

The match started and as expected, both players went on full throttle. Exchanging rallies with full speed it was difficult to decide who was playing better. Federer provided himself some breathing space as he broke Djokovic’s serve and went 4-2 up in the first set. But Djokovic bounced back and took the set to the tiebreaker, eventually winning it 7-6. Federer knew he had to win the next set to stay, to have a say in the final and that is exactly what he did. Saving six set points, he took the second set to 7-6 (11-10 being the tiebreaker score).

Rain interrupted play in the third set, which led to a short break in the proceedings. As the game resumed, the defending champion knew that he had to press his foot on the accelerator to run past the former champion. Keeping that in mind, Djokovic played some majestic tennis, displaying immaculate shots and agility. He took the third set to 6-4, hence having advantage in the final. Federer showed a valiant effort in the fourth set. With his exceptional ground strokes, he made the defending champion rethink his strategies. However, proving that he is the best in the game at the moment, Djokovic began exhibiting his greatness towards the end of the final. He could see Federer starting to show fatigue. Taking this opportunity to strike, he played some outstanding tennis,making the former champion fight for every point.

And, alas, in the end, the Serb was too strong for the Swiss maestro. Djokovic took the fourth set by 6-3, which, in turn, made him the winner of Wimbledon 2015.

This title is his third triumph in five years at the All-England Lawn Club and overall his ninth major title. With this accomplishment he now has 200 wins in grand-slams, another amazing feat to achieve. After 2007, he is the first man to successfully retain the Wimbledon Championship.

The 2015 Wimbledon champion expressed his gratitude towards his coach, Boris Becker who has six major titles to his name. The Serb said,

“It’s definitely been a long run since we initiated our work together. He being German, and me Serbian, there are a number of significant differences.”

He added that,

“Inspite of that, we found common ground and the right formula to work. This is his title as much as mine.”

He also thanked his family and his team.

Now, as the hard court season begins, Novak Djokovic and the others set sights on the next major goal – the US Open, which will be up for grabs later this year.

Saad Shafqat

Saad Shafqat:

Saad is a Dentistry student with a passion for football. When he isn't busy studying, you can find him at the gym or at the football field. He has written for various blogs and websites and plans to continue to do so.