Novak Djokovic breezed to a fourth Wimbledon title and 13th career Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) victory over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson.
Djokovic, ranked 21, added the 2018 title to his wins in 2011, 2014 and 2015 to become the lowest-ranked champion since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.
The Serbian former world no 1 also took his Slam total to within one of Pete Sampras and just four behind the 17 of Rafael Nadal who he defeated in the semifinals.
Victory was 31-year-old Djokovic’s first at the majors since he completed the career Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2016, and he’s couldn’t hold back his relief.
“It’s more special as it’s the first time I can hear my little boy say ‘daddy, daddy’,” said Djokovic whose son Stefan was up in the players box.
“I would like to congratulate Kevin, he had an incredible run. He had quite a few hours on the court.
“In his first Wimbledon final he didn’t play his best in the first two sets, but in the final set he was a better player and I was quite lucky to get through.”
It was far from the spectacle that the crowd and Royal Box – which included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prime Minister Theresa May as well as actors Hugh Grant and Benedict Cumberbatch – had anticipated, as Djokovic raced through the first two sets.
Though the South African giant carved out five set points in the third set, Djokovic saved all and knelt to the ground in delight when Anderson netted a return.