WIMBLEDON 2015 – My highlights: Day Thirteen
Can't believe it's already the second Sunday!
Today on the Centre Court time for the final showdown between the two best player on tour – world no. 1 Novak Djokovic and world no. 2 Roger Federer.
They've met 39 times previously – head to head 20-19 in Federer's favour. Forget Serena vs Sharapova (18-2). This here is what a real rivalry is all about. Today on Centre Court they met to battle for a Wimbledon Championship.
Novak started the match, and got broken immediately by Roger. Roger couldn't consolidate the break and they were back on serve. From then on each of them held serve and so it was time for the 1st set tiebreak. Novak won it 7-6(1). It is truly impossible to even describe how they played, the level in this match was so high, and the quality of tennis worthy of the best players in the world. Roger committed a few errors and ultimately lost the set. They repeated the same scenario in the second set, pushing it to a tiebreak, a huge disappointment for Novak who he had 7 set points on Roger's serve but couldn't close the set, in the tiebreak Novak had a 3:1 lead but ultimately lost it 10-12, after Roger closed it out with a backhand winner.
At 1 set all the match could go either way. This time it was Novak who had things under control. He broke for 3-2 lead and then play got suspended due to rain. Novak held his own serve thanks to a beautiful backhand winner down the line and was leading 4-2 in the 3rd. Roger held for 3:4. A clean game from Novak and he was just one game away from taking the 3rd set. Roger made sure Novak would have to serve for it. Novak followed with an easy hold and won the set 6:4. Suddenly things didn't look so good for Roger who was trailing 1-2 in sets.
Roger held and won the opening game of the 4th set. The high quality of tennis continued and Novak levelled to 1 all. Roger held in style for a 2-1 lead. Novak levelled straight away for 2-2 and broke Roger for a 3-2 lead. Turning point for the defending champion. All Novak needed to do from now on was to hold his own serve. At 5:3 on Roger's serve all Novak needed was one matchpoint – he sealed his victory with a quality cross-court winner.
Final score 7:6(1) 6-7(10) 6:4 6:3 doesn't really do this match justice. It was much closer than that. Both men played unbelievable tennis.
Novak was crowned Gentlemen's Wimbledon Champion for the 3rd time in his career. It is his 9th major title, and he's hungry for much more. Following his win he ate some grass, for good luck apparently.
I'm so sad my favourite fortnight of the year has come to en end. Wimbledon is so special. The contrast between green grass and all white outfits, strawberries with cream, celebrity spotting in the royal box, all of its traditions and strict rules make it the best tennis tournament in the world. It's been a pleasure to write about it and experience all these emotions. It's fantastic to watch the history unfold in front of our eyes. Congratulations to our Champions – Novak and Serena. Thank you Wimbledon!
A huge thank you to @ellosport for all your support in the last two weeks. You've been very kind to me! I appreciate it!