In what was arguably one of the most thrilling finals ever on Centre Court, top seed Novak Djokovic toppled 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in five sets to secure his second Wimbledon title. It was a momentous and emotional occasion for Djokovic, who placed his hands on his face to hold back tears following his second, and final, match point.
The tears encompassed the effort and determination that the top-ranked Serb went through to earn his first Grand Slam title since the 2013 Australian Open and he was not shy to express that ahead of the on-court ceremony. He also dedicated his win to his “future wife” Jelena Ristic and the baby they are expecting in the autumn, “my friends, my brothers, all my family and my team for all their sacrifices” and finally to his first coach, the late Jelena Gencic, ,who passed away last year.
He would then proceed to thank Federer, with whom he has shared a majestic rivalry.
“I want to congratulate Roger on a great tournament and great fight today,” said Djokovic in his on-court speech. “It was a great match to be part of. He’s a magnificent champion, a great example of a great athlete and a role model for many kids. I respect his career and everything he’s done. Thank you for letting me win today.”
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Djokovic will now join legendary company in John McEnroe and Mats Wilander as an eight-time Grand Slam champion. But apart from adding to his Major championships record, the Serb is relieved that he has managed to overcome a significant title drought over the past year.