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The Djok-er stands tall!!

The long awaited dream of Roger Federer came to a halt when the Serbian ace tennis player Novac Djokovic defeated him in the final of Wimbledon at London few hours ago. The trophy that carries the history along with it by having the name of every winner  etched on the urn , since 2009, on a detachable base added when the trophy ran out of room. No name appears more than Roger Federer’s, which had been etched seven times. Even the backs of his shoes are embossed with a golden Challenge Cup logo and the figure ‘7’, just to heighten awareness of his continued grass-court symphony in seven movements.

Djokovic nearly let it happen again Sunday by blowing a huge fourth-set lead before he captured a taut fifth set to snare the trophy for himself. The triumph was his first in a major since his first coach, Jelena Gencic, who he described as a second mother, died at the age of 76 in June last year. He dedicated victory to her, his team, including his new coach Boris Becker, and his soon-to-be wife and child.

The victory was Djokovic’s seventh Grand Slam title, drawing him even with John McEnroe and Mats Wilander in eighth place on the career list. More important, it upended Djokovic’s recent struggles in finals of majors: He had lost three in a row and five of his past six.

Last year at Wimbledon, Djokovic lost in the final to Andy Murray, who was buoyed by hopes that he would become the first British men’s winner in 77 years. Djokovic went on to lose to Rafael Nadal at last year’s United States Open and this spring’s French Open.

The players continued to hold serve through all 12 games of the third set, leading to another tiebreak. This time, Djokovic was the stronger, steadier performer. Federer ended the final rally with an unconvincing backhand that floated wide, giving Djokovic control of the match that ended with the Serbian smiling away beating Roger Federer 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4.

 

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Last modified: July 7, 2014
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