Novak Djokovic celebrates in the wake of vanquishing Roger Federer in the men’s singles last match of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.
In a staggering almost five-hour coordinate that broke records and tried new principles, Novak Djokovic crushed Roger Federer in the Wimbledon men’s title on Sunday, guarding his 2018 title.
Checking in at four hours and 57 minutes, the match was the longest men’s singles last in Wimbledon history, and had it not been for another standard that requires a sudden death round if the two players score 12-12 in the last set, it could have gone much more.
Djokovic won the principal set, a terrible sign for Federer, as his rival is 63-1 in majors when taking the main set.
The pair returned and forward, Djokovic taking the principal set, Federer the second, Djokovic the third, and Federer the fourth. After the 12-12 fifth set, Djokovic took the exceptional sudden death round 7-3.
The 32-year-old Serbian won consecutive titles in 2014 and 2015. Presently, he’s rehashed the accomplishment, protecting his 2018 title to win his fifth Wimbledon title. Federer, his Swiss adversary, flaunts eight Wimbledon titles and would have been the most established player to take a Grand Slam title had he not been vanquished.
Djokovic commended his opponent, saying “I think that if this is not the most exciting final then it’s definitely in the top two or three of my career against one of the greatest players of all time, Roger, who I respect.”
Federer holds the record for most Wimbledon finals appearances, at 12.
“You take it on your chin, you move on,” Federer told the Telegraph. “You try to forget, try to take the good things out of this match. There’s just tons of it. Similar to ’08 maybe, I will look back at it and think, ‘Well, it’s not that bad after all.'”
Since his first Wimbledon victory against Rafael Nadal in 2011, Djokovic has established a signature tradition of eating grass from the court after each win. This year, he didn’t disappoint, crouching to pluck a bit of the turf into his mouth and grinning at the crowd as he savored his title.