The spectators filled with excitement and cheer awaited the two tennis greats to enter the Central Court in Wimbledon on Sunday afternoon. It was when Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic entered the court that the spectators got their reward for all their patience and cheer. Many famous personalities had been present during the game that no one can even dream of missing for such is the prestige of Wimbledon.
The beginning of the game saw the two players trying every bit to take a lead. Their matched up performances brought the first set to a tie which was eventually won by Djokovic. Boris Becker, Djokovic’s coach was enthralled as he took a leap in the game. The second set saw a comeback of Federer as the ball rallied well over the net. His supporters gave instant reactions when emotions of fear and celebration sprang from first set to the second set in Sunday’s final. The second set also reached drew a tie- a major relief for Federer’s supporters.
Djokovic’s aggressive stance was visible all throughout the game, and in the third set he barely missed a ball after saving a break point in his first service of game one. For a very brief while, rain threatened to cut short the game but soon the covers from the court were removed.
Winning the third and fourth set, Djokovic added another feather to his Grand Slams’ record, making the victory on Sunday his second consecutive Wimbledon win and 3rd in total title wins. Novak Djokovic won the match 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 and in his traditional celebration ate a blade of grass. Well, who wouldn’t want to taste success and especially at this stage which is a dream of every tennis player in the world.
It was a pleasure to watch the game when the tennis greats went toe-to-toe fighting for the coveted title. There was shakiness in Djokovic’s play when he succumbed to the pressure of the spectators and Federer’s quickness in strategy building and changing the fate of the game. The tennis greats’ mind at times were tough to read, but it was Djokovic’s craftsmanship of the game that he battled to victory beating all odds.
It is his consistency that adds weight to his caliber. Djokovic has been able to reach the grand slam semi-finals 18 times since 2011. His last loss against Stan Wawrinka in French Open final had disappointed him but he covered up for the loss with his headstrong Wimbledon title a month later. It also marked his 9th grand slam title- interestingly; he had defeated Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final last year as well.
The Serbian player also equaled the statistics of victory with Federer in their total head-on matches. Now, both the players have won 20 matches each against each other. While Djokovic is ranked number 1 in ATP rankings, Federer ranks 2nd just after him. Winning and losing happens in games but the most fruitful experience was to watch the game progress while the duo kept the spirits of the game alive. Both the players had something to say about each other at the end of the game.
Djokovic said, “Roger makes you push your limits, work hard and earn every point. For these matches, you work every day, repetitively…it’s a thrilling feeling.” And this what Federer expressed, “I think Novak played well not only today, but this week, this year, last year, the year before that….I didn’t play too badly either, but that’s how it goes. I’m still hungry and motivated to keep playing…it’s been a privilege to be here and back on Centre Court.”
In the end, whatever you say, the world of tennis is surely blessed to have such players who let their hard work and determination speak for them. People celebrated the game not for who won, but for how well the two players played their game. This game would be etched in every viewer’s memory forever.
Gagandeep Singh Vaid
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