It’s old news that Novak Djokovic of Serbia-seeded number 1, clinched his second Wimbledon title, in a match that lasted well over 4 hours, with the final score line being 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 on Sunday. It was an overwhelming presence of celebrity and royalty at the All England Tennis Club. What missed this time was Djokovic’s cheering girl friend Jelena, who was missing in the stands.
The seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer (seeded 4) lost it in a grueling 5 set match that went in favour of the 27-year-old Serb, who came into the competition in a much fitter form than his opponent. Federer has been nursing a back injury for quite some time now. But Novak had served more time on court owing to his 5 set match against the Croat-Marin Cilic in the semi-finals, making it a rather equal fight between the two.
Right from the start, Roger Federer put on display his vintage style of play with laser backhands, accurate down the line winners and the old 1-2, all being put to great use. Although Novak Djokovic tried to manage the points in the first part of the game, they were duly countered by Federer’s sagacious style and the first set seemed rather stressful for Djokovic who was clearly disappointed at the number of chances he squandered in terms of breaking the Federer serve. The set ended in a tie break that was duly won by the older player.
Djokovic then managed to keep his composure and clinched the second set by breaking Federer earlier on in the set. The third set saw another tie break that was won by Djokovic, who was determined to win. In the fourth set, Djokovic managed to squander a championship point when he was leading 5-4 and serving for the championships only to be broken and then lost the set.
The tension was at its height at the start of the fifth set with both the players heading to 2 bathroom breaks each and celebrities with the likes of David Beckham, Bradley Cooper and Hugh Jackman looked warily at their favourite Federer, who even otherwise looked like on the verge of losing the match.
It appeared as though Federer lost a little stamina towards the end that went in his opponent’s favour. Having served out the first game in the set gave Djokovic the much needed advantage and he broke Federer’s serve at 5-4 to clinch the title finally. There was apparent disbelief among the admirers of Federer with Stefan Edberg seen unhappy. Djokovic and Boris Becker shared a warm embrace. He mimicked Pat Cash before moving towards the player box by climbing up through the stands.
In retrospect, Federer’s play was visibly on shaky grounds with the intense number of times that he made his way to the net. His imitation of his one time rival Pete Sampras with several attempts at serve and volley seemed to have somewhat paid off in the first few sets.
His missing fiance, to whom Djokovic lifted the trophy and dedicated — Jelena Ristic — who is Director of the Novak Djokovic Foundation, is pregnant. They got engaged following the Serb’s run to last year’s US Open final and it prompted a run of 28 wins in a row for Djokovic.
Even, Federer completed career slam when his wife Mirka was pregnant in 2009. Now is perhaps the turn of Nole as Jelena is on the way to maternity ward soon.