Roger Federer failed to add another Wimbledon singles title to beat Pete Sampras’ most number of singles final at SW19.
The Swiss lost to the Servbian Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.
After the first two sets, it was anybody’s game with Federer displaying some amazing tennis. Even though he lost the first set 7-5, Federer fought back to win the second set in a tie-breaker. However, he began to run out of steam from the third set as he lost the third set quite easily.
The play was suspended in the third set due to rain with the Serbian leading 3-2. But, Djokovic started attacking soon after the match resumed and consolidated his lead by winning the third set 6-4.
The start of the fourth set was quite insipid with both players holding their service games in the beginning. But once again, Federer blinked first and allowed his opponent to break his serve in the fifth game, relatively very early in the fourth set. Since then, there was no stopping for Djokovic, who continued to stamp his authority on the Swiss.
Federer said that Djokovic deserved to win the title but he didn’t play that bad.
He said, “Novak played very well today. He truly deserves this title. I had chances in the first set. That’s how it goes. In the end he was rock solid. I didn’t badly either. I do work very hard, all the other guys do the same. I’m still very hungry and motivated to playing tennis.”
The Swiss said that he will be back here next year.
Djokovic said that it was an honour playing against Federer.
He said, “It’s always a great privilege against Roger. He is one player a lot of players from my generation always looked up to him. It’s an honour playing against him. Roger makes you push your limit. He’s not going to hand the match to you. So, I was mentally prepared for a tough match.”
With this victory, Djokovic has now won three Wimbledon singles titles and nine overall Grad Slams in his career. His career Grand Slams has Five Australian Open, One US Open and three Wimbledon. He has yet to win the French Open title.