Novak Djokovic outlasted seven-time champion Roger Federer to secure his second Wimbledon title on Sunday. The 27-year old denied Federer an unprecedented eight title at the All England Club after winning the match in five sets.
The victory means that Djokovic will make a return at the top of the world rankings on Monday. He was overtaken from that post by Rafael Nadal back in October 2013. He might have a strong chance of staying as number one for the rest of the season as Nadal have more ranking points to defend in the next months, including two Masters events in Canada and Cincinnati plus the US Open title. The Serbian begins his 102nd week as number one next week.
Djokovic secured his seventh Grand Slam title on Sunday and reversed a trend where he lost five of his past six finals coming into this event. He won his first Wimbledon title back in 2011 after defeating Rafael Nadal for the title.
Here’s what they said during their on-court speeches:
Novak Djokovic: “I want to congratulate Roger on a great tournament and great fight today. It was a great match to be part of. He’s a magnificent champion, a great example of a great athlete and a role model for many kids. I respect his career and everything he’s done. Thank you for letting me win today.”
Roger Federer: “It was a great final. I can’t believe I made it to five. It wasn’t looking good there for a while. You know going into a match with Novak it’s always going to be tough; we play athletic points. I can only say congratulations today for an amazing match, amazing tournament and well deserved.”