Djokovic wins at Wim­ble­don

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

A game away from a third Wim­ble­don cham­pi­onship and ninth Grand Slam ti­tle, Novak Djokovic sized up a 108 mph serve from none other than Roger Fed­erer and stretched to smack a cross-court fore­hand re­turn win­ner.

Two points later, Djokovic again took the mea­sure of a serve from Fed­erer, this one at 123 mph, and de­liv­ered a downthe-line back­hand for another re­turn win­ner. Af­ter this one, Djokovic bel­lowed.

“I roared be­cause I felt like that’s the mo­ment,” Djokovic would say later. “Now is the time for me to close this match out.”

One fore­hand win­ner later, he did.

For the sec­ond year in a row, Djokovic solved Fed­erer’s su­perb serve in the fi­nal at the All Eng­land Club.

And for the sec­ond year in a row, Fed­erer’s bid for a record eighth cham­pi­onship at the grass-court tour­na­ment ended with a de­feat against Djokovic.

This time, the match was even as can be through two sets, be­fore the No. 1-seeded Djokovic grabbed ahold of it and wouldn’t let go, beat­ing No. 2 Fed­erer 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-3 Sun­day thanks to bril­liant re­turn­ing.

“It feels, ob­vi­ously, good when you make a re­turn win­ner out of Roger’s serve on the grass,” Djokovic said, “but it doesn’t hap­pen too of­ten.”

Over the past three sea­sons, Fed­erer has reached two Grand Slam fi­nals - both at Wim­ble­don, both against Djokovic, both losses.

“You sort of walk away emp­ty­handed. For me, a fi­nal­ist tro­phy is not the same,” a grim-faced Fed­erer said. “Ev­ery­body knows that.”

Fed­erer and Djokovic have played 40 times; each has won 20.

“Novak played not only great to­day,” said Fed­erer, 33, the old­est Wim­ble­don fi­nal­ist since 1974, “but the whole two weeks, plus the whole year, plus last year, plus the year be­fore that.”

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