Djokovic Defeats Federer in Four-Set Final to Claim Third Wimbledon Title
July 12 2015 ITS Staff: London, England - Novak Djokovic claimed his third Wimbledon title when he defeated second seed and seven-time former champion Roger Federer 7-6(1), 6-7(10), 6-4, 6-3 on Centre Court at the All-England Tennis Club Sunday.
The victory was Djokovic's 54th professional career title and No.200th Grand Slam match win. For Federer it was another disappointing bid to win his 8th Wimbledon crown after also losing to Djokovic in last year's five-set final.
After losing the first set tie-breaker 1-7, Federer battled back to win the second set breaker fighting off six set points he faced, including at 3-6, winning it 12-10. Revitalized after the improbable second set win, the soon-to-be 34-year old was riding the momentum as he held serve in the opening game of the third set and was up a breakpoint 30-40. But Djokovic dug deep to hold serve then immediately broke Federer to regain control of the match.
After a 20-minute rain-delay, the Serbian star held steady to secure the third set 6-4. In the fourth, Djokovic continued to put pressure on Federer finally getting a break for a 3-2 lead then broke Federer again at 3-5 to close out the match after almost three hours of thrilling slugfest. Federer hit more winners at 58 to Djokovic’s 46 but the 27-year old Belgrade native was more solid and steady committing just 16 unforced errors to Federer’s 35.
During the trophy presentation, Djokovic paid tribute to Federer saying, "It's a great privilege to play against Roger who is a great champion. He has done so much for our sport on and off the court. It's a great honor to play him again, I was aware coming onto the court that Roger would play his best when it matters the most. He always pushes you to the limits."
Also in the post-match interview conducted by BBC, Federer returned the favor summing up Djokovic’s achievement, “He not only played great today but also this year, last year and the year before that. Well done, Novak, you deserved it. At the end he was rock solid. I didn't play bad myself so I can be very happy. Again, it has been a privilege to play here."
Wimbledon 2015 Gentlemen's Singles Final Sunday July 12
1-Novak Djokovic beat 2-Roger Federer 7-6(1) 6-7(10) 6-4 6-3