Novak Djokovic treble yell ends Roger Federer's dream of Wimbledon history
Novak Djokovic again dashed Roger Federer’s hopes of winning a record eighth Wimbledon crown as the Serbian ripped up the script to defend his title at the All England Club.
Federer’s form suggested he was capable of clinching his first grand slam success since 2012 but Djokovic overcame the Swiss for the second year running to win 7-6 (7/1) 6-7 (10/12) 6-4 6-3 for his ninth major triumph, which now includes three at Wimbledon.
"I was aware Roger was going to play like he always plays, at his best when it matters the most," Djokovic said afterwards on court.
"He pushes you to your limits, and asks you to work hard on every point. He won’t hand you the match.
"That added a bit more pressure but these parts of matches you work all your life for. You envisage yourself on Centre Court, holding this trophy. It’s a thrilling feeling."
Djokovic joins John McEnroe and his coach Boris Becker in the group of treble champions at Wimbledon and on this evidence, there may be many more to come.
Belfast Telegraph Digital