Monday, 13 July 2015

Lawn Tennis: Djokovic Wins Ninth Grand Slam Title

World No 1 Novak Djokovic has won his third Wimbledon trophy after defeating Roger Federer in the men’s singles final on Sunday.
Novak ended Federer’s dream of winning a record breaking eight Wimbledon title as he defeat the swiss master with a four set win at the All England Club.

In a match that was on for nearly three hours, the crowd saw the best of tennis been played as they watch the two top players sweat it out on the court with Serbian Djokovic eventually winning the match 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (10-12) 6-4 6-3. Djokovic who put up a strong resilience against Federer had this to say “it’s a big challenge playing against Roger. A lot of players of my generation have looked up to him and followed his lead. I knew coming on the court that Roger is going to play like he always plays, at his best when it matters the most. He makes you work hard every single point”.

With most of the crowd rooting for Federer, the pressure was on the top seed and defending champion Djokovic to show the crowd and the world that he is up to the task of retaining his title and that he was able to do. After overcoming a disappointing squander of seven set points in a gripping second set, he was able to wreck Federer’s dreams of recording an eight Wimbledon trophy and he became the first man since 2007 to retain the Wimbledon men’s title and in the process he was able to take his own personal Grand Slam title to nine. The win was more of a therapeutic win for Djokovic whom as at last month lost the French Open final to Stan Wawrinka, the loss deny him the major title that he hasn’t won yet.

Djokovic was able to pull a total number of 13 aces against Federer’s 14 and was on percentage level with him on the first serve win with 74%, his second serve win was much better as he gained a total of 60% over Federer. At the end of the match Djokovic was able to pull a total point of 148 while Federer had 138, Federer had many opportunities but he could only convert one of his seven break points and committed 35 unforced errors compared to Djokovic’s 16. The Sunday match between these two player’s was the 40th career meeting and 12th in the Grand Slams.

33 years old Federer who was bitterly disappointed that he wasn’t able actualize his bid to become the oldest Wimbledon champion of the Open Era had this to say “Novak played not only good today but the whole two weeks, the whole year, last year and the year before that. 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

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