Djokovic downs Anderson to claim fourth Wimbledon trophy

Sunday, Jul 15

Novak Djokovic is finally back in the winner’s circle after an impressive 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) victory over South African Kevin Anderson. Djokovic was imperious in all aspects of his game, striking 20 winners to just 13 unforced errors and winning 100 points in total to Anderson’s 74.

Both players were coming off of marathon semifinal matches and had every reason to be feeling the effects of their efforts during the championship match. Djokovic was short on a crucial extra day’s rest after his epic with Nadal was extended to Saturday, while Anderson’s record-setting semifinal with John Isner finished at 26-24 in the fifth set.

It was Djokovic, however, that appeared to have more left in the tank, as the Serbian came out swinging freely and gliding around the court at his defensive best, earning the first two sets by identical 6-2 scores. In the third set, Anderson upped his level, generating five set points on Djokovic’s serve late in the set, but ultimately succumbing in the tiebreak.

The win marks the former World No.1’s thirteenth Grand Slam title, and first after a two-year draught following an injury-wrought 2017 campaign. After becoming the first player since Rod Laver to win all four Grand Slams consecutively from 2015-2016, an elbow injury setback left Djokovic without a title to his name over a 12-month period for the first time since 2006.

But now he’s the Wimbledon champion – and that’s not a bad way to get back in the winner’s circle.

(Feature photo: Wimbledon)