Djokovic beats Federer to win third Wimbledon crown

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic kisses the winner’s trophy after beating Switzerland’s Roger Federer in the men’s singles final match during the presentation on day thirteen of the 2014 Wimbledon.

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Federer has a 20-19 career edge in their head-to-heads but they are locked at 6-6 in the Grand Slams.

Its the 10th since the start of last season; Djokovic leads 5-4.

This is also just their third grass court meeting. He always shows up.

“I’m just happy personally for myself to be back in a final”. Whoever that’s going to be against, it’s always a big occasion.

Djokovic capitalised on his escape, racing through the tiebreaker with six consecutive points to claim the opener when Federer served up a double fault.

After a year of what many considered a last best chance for him to add to his record 17 Grand Slam titles, Roger Federer and get another chance to Novak Djokovic make it a magical 18 in the final of Wimbledon.

Federer is in the form of his life and has looked the far better player in the tournament; in fact, he has been playing like the young man we knew 10 years ago.

Djokovic is only 28 so has time on his side, especially as Federer is still a contender even at 33.

Federer, meanwhile, can become the first man in the history of a tournament that dates to 1877 to win the trophy eight times.

Not that such numbers mean all that much to him.

He might very well be the greatest of all time, as some say, but right now, the best in the men’s game is Djokovic. “I don’t know what the grounds people have done but they have done a great job”, he said.

“He’s the greatest ever”, Djokovic said.

World No1 Djokovic let out a mighty roar following his 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win against the Swiss player in SW19 on Sunday afternoon before chowing down on the vegetation.

Murray had the choice of serving first in the match, but he opted to receive – perhaps hoping to apply some early pressure on the seven-time Wimbledon champion standing on the other side of the net. “Thats why hes been able to compete into his mid-30s at the highest level.”. But, along with his match against Groth, Federer has won every game in three straight sets, including a win over Murray in the semifinals. Djokovic fought off a break opportunity by Federer in the fifth game to go up 3-2 and survived another in a long back-and-forth game to go up 6-5.

In a rain interrupted match on centre court, Djokovic moved alongside his coach Boris Becker, as well as John McEnroe, with three titles at Wimbledon following an inspired performance to end the fairytale run of the Swiss maestro.

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Federer was grim-faced as he walked across the Centre Court lawn to receive his runner-up tray. In his post-match interview, he spoke about the thrill that comes with winning against one of the finest players of his generation.

Roger Federer plays defending champion and number one seed Novak Djokovic in a repeat of last year's final on Centre Court