Defending champion Novak Djokovic edged past seven-time champion Roger Federer in four sets to win his third Wimbledon and ninth grand slam title at center-court on Sunday. The 28-year-old Serb has now overtaken the likes of Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi in the all-time list of major winners. The top seed won 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (10-12) 6-4 6-3 in 2 hours and 56 minutes over Federer.
Federer had an opportunity to become the first man to win the Wimbledon for the 8th time.
“I have to say it’s a big challenge playing against Roger,” he said. “A lot of players of my generation have looked up to him and followed his lead.”
After Djokovic won the first set in tie-breaker, Federer came back strongly to notch up the thrilling second set, breaking the tie.
“He makes you push your limits, work hard and win every single point,” Federer said. “I had my chances in the first set. I got lucky to win the second, had chances in the third.”
“But he was better on the bigger points. He was rock solid, I didn’t play badly myself. That’s how it goes.”
Djokovic geared up to win the next two sets to register his third title at the All England Club, adding it to his 5 Australian Open titles and one U.S. Open titles. The Serb has now won 45 matches against only 3 losses in 2015.