Djokovic is champion of SW19 again

Novak Djokovic with the trophy
Novak Djokovic with the trophy

Novak Djokovic is a grand slam winner once again after defeating a weary Kevin Anderson to claim his fourth Wimbledon title.

The Serbian has been fighting for two years to restore health, form and confidence after the heights of making it four slam titles in a row at the French Open in 2016.

His two-day semi-final victory over Rafael Nadal proved he was back to his best and he fought off a comeback from Anderson to win 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7/3), earning him a 13th grand slam trophy.

Anderson, in his first Wimbledon final, had five set points in the third set but could not take any of them.

And Djokovic wrapped up victory after two hours and 19 minutes, pointing his finger at the sky before taking his now customary bite of the Centre Court grass.

“I would like to congratulate Kevin, because he has had such a run.

“He didn’t play his best for two sets, but for the third set he was the better player and I was quite lucky to get through.

“I had to really trust the process, trust in myself. I owe a great thanks to my team, to everyone who has been supporting me.

“I had surgery and was absent from the Tour for sixth months, I had many moments of doubt and didn’t know whether I could come back to the level to compete - there is no better place in the world to make a comeback.

“This is a sacred place for tennis, so this is very, very special. The grass tasted really well!

“I have had the privilege to be part of this final five times and won four titles - I am trying to enjoy the moment, cherish it with everyone close to me and everyone around the world.”

In Saturday’s ladies’ final, Germany’s Angelique Kerber won her first Wimbledon crown when she defeated defending champion Serena Williams in straight sets 6-3 6-3.