Wimbledon Day 13: Djokovic overpowers Federer to retain Wimbledon crown

World number one Novak Djokovic claimed his third Wimbledon title as he overcame second seed Roger Federer in a thrilling finale to retain his men’s single title with a 7-6 (7/1) 6-7 (10/12) 6-4 6-3 win at SW19.

It was Federer – who was chasing a record eighth Wimbledon title – who got the early advantage in the first set to go 4-2 as he broke the Serbian, but Djokovic showed champion intent to break straight back and subsequently, the two could not be separated so we headed for a tie-break.

Novak Djokovic won his third Wimbledon title in five years image: sports.vice.com

Novak Djokovic won his third Wimbledon title in five years
image: sports.vice.com

However, the defending champion who dominated the tie-break as Federer was made to rue a double-fault to hand Djokovic the first set with a 7-1 tie-break victory.

The second set saw Federer fight his way back but anything he did, Djokovic matched it as we headed for another tie-break. It was the Swiss man who came out on top 12-10 in a stunning tie-break with Federer saving seven set points as he came from 3-6 down to level the match up at 1-1.

It would be a single break point in the third game of the third set that would prove enough for the world number one to re-take the lead with a rain-break not deterring Djokovic’s focus.

Djokovic – who came from two sets down in last 16 match against Kevin Anderson – never looked like losing this and another single break point in the fifth game of the fourth set was enough for the 28-year-old to retain his men’s singles championship.

Roger Federer failed to win his first grandslam since 2012 image: rte.ie

Roger Federer failed to win his first grandslam since 2012
image: rte.ie

Federer never really matched the sublime display from Friday whenhe dismissed Andy Murray in straight setsnd he will have to wait a little while longer to overtake Pete Sampras as the all-time most decorated player at Wimbledon.

Personal reflection

It was really rooting for Federer after his incredible display in his semi-final win over Andy Murray but Novak Djokovic was just one better at everything the 33-year-old threw at him.

It was a great finale to an incredible two weeks at SW19 with some amazing rallies and sublime winners from the two best tennis players in the world. Djokovic finally hit top form when it mattered most and put heartbreak of the French Open behind him.

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