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Djokovic beats Federer in 4 sets to win 3rd Wimbledon title

Top seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia and second seed Roger Federer of Switzerland have split the first two sets of their gentlemen's singles final of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club on Saturday.

tennis Updated: Jul 13, 2015 08:30 IST
Manoj Bhagavatula
Manoj Bhagavatula
Hindustan Times
Wimbledon 2015,Roger Federer,Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with the winner's trophy after winning the men's singles final of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships against Roger Federer of Switzerland at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. (Reuters Photo)

Top seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia successfully defended his 2014 Wimbledon title, beating second seed Roger Federer of Switzerland in four sets to win his third men's singles title at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in London on Saturday.

Djokovic won 7-6(1), 6-7(10), 6-4, 6-3 to claim his ninth Grand Slam title in his 17th appearance in a major final.

The pair split the first two sets in tiebreaks. Djokovic won the first, while Federer claimed the second. Djokovic broke Federer's serve and held on to win the third. He did the same in the fourth set, breaking Federer's serve once at 2-2 and once more at 3-5 to claim the Championship.

After winning the toss and choosing to serve, Federer started proceedings. The pair held serves until 2-3, when a netted forehand volley from Djokovic gave Federer three break points on the Serb's serve. Federer broke for 4-2 but was broken back right away by Djokovic, who pressured the Federer backhand. Djokovic then held for 4-4.

The two then continued to hold their serves to take the set into a tiebreak, which Djokovic ran away with to take a 6-1 lead, giving him five set points. Federer double faulted on the first set point to give it away.

Djokovic began proceedings in the second set. Serving at 2-2, he saved one break point, but went down another, thanks to a backhand floated long after slipping near the baseline. Two forehand errors from Federer and a running down-the-line forehand winner from Djokovic gave him the hold for 3-2.

Serving at 4-5, 30-30, a double fault from Federer gave Djokovic a set point but he couldn't convert it, hitting a forehand long for 40-40. A forehand approach and putaway volley winner and a big serve secured the hold for Federer, who let out an emphatic cry of "come on!".

At 5-5, a Djokovic error and a backhand and forehand winner from Federer gave him a break point, on which he netted a forehand. After many deuces, Djokovic finally managed the hold.

In the tiebreak, Djokovic got the 4-2 lead and quickly extended that to 6-3. Federer saved the next three set points thanks to some good serving and attacking the net. The pair then continued on till 10-10, with seven set points having gone by for Djokovic, who hit a forehand into the net to bring up the second set point for the Swiss.

Federer followed up his serve into the net, knocking off the second volley into the open court to level the match.

Djokovic saved break points in the second game of the third set, holding for 1-1, and then broke in the next game for a 2-1 lead. The pair exchanged service holds for 3-2 before rain forced suspension of play for a short while.

The two returned to court with Djokovic leading 3-2 and the Serb held serve to consolidate for 4-2. Djokovic continued to hold on to the break and served out the set.

Federer held serve to start the fourth set and the pair exchanged service holds until 2-2. With the Swiss facing break point in the fifth game, Djokovic hit a deep backhand return off a week second serve and a tentative half-volley by Federer fell into the net, giving the Serb the break for a 3-2 lead.

Djokovic then consolidated the service break, holding serve with an ace down the middle of the court.

At 2-4, 30-30, a double fault from Federer gave Djokovic a chance for a double break, but the Swiss saved it with an unreturned serve. A backhand wide set up a second break point, but Djokovic dumped a second-serve return into the net. After losing a game point, an ace and a forehand winner into the open court from Federer helped him hold for 3-4.

In the next game, a dropshot return and a backhand long from Djokovic gave Federer a look into the Djokovic serve at 0-30. But the Serb won the next four straight points to hold for 5-3, following it up by emphatically screaming towards his box.

Serving to stay in the Championships, Federer went down 15-40, a backhand return winner from Djokovic bringing up the two Championship points. Djokovic converted on the first to complete the win.


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First Published: Jul 12, 2015 20:45 IST