13th Grand Slam title for Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic who turned out to be the dark horse of Wimbledon 2018 claimed his 4th title at the All England Club with a straight sets win over South African Kevin Anderson. This was the Serb’s first Grand Slam win in 2 years prior to which he held all the 4 Grand Slams. Djokovic had a torrid 2017 which was cut short due to an elbow injury. The former world number 1 returned to the tour this year but looked a shadow of former self getting knocked out in early rounds of the tournaments. Many had begun to believe that this was the beginning of the end of Novak Djokovic who had reached unfathomable heights holding all 4 Grand Slams in 2016.
Djokovic, seeded 12th, won 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-3) to claim a 13th Slam – his first major since the 2016 French Open. With 13 Grand Slam titles Djokovic now sits on the 4th place behind Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (17) and Pete Sampras (14). He will also return into the top 10 due to his win at SW 19. Both men came into the final after playing the two longest Semi Finals in Wimbledon history. Djokovic and Nadal fought for 5 hours and 15 minutes. Earlier, the first semi-final between Anderson and John Isner lasted 6 hours and 36 minutes. It was the longest semi-final of the tournament and the second longest single in the Grand Slam match.
Federer, Nadal, Djokovic domination continues
The trio of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have held an iron grip on the Grand Slam trophies sharing 50 of the 61 Grand Slams between them since 2004. Such has been their domination that no player born after the 1990’s has been able to get his hands on a Grand Slam till date.