Novak Djokovic has lifted his fourth Wimbledon Men’s Singles title. In the final in London last night, he defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, 7-6. The Serbian had earlier won the coveted title in 2011, 2014 and 2015.
With his 13th career Grand Slam crown, World Number 21 Djokovic took his Slam total to within one of Pete Sampras and just four behind the 17 of Rafael Nadal who he defeated in the semi-finals.
Anderson, the eighth seed, was the first South African in the final in 97 years and was bidding to become the first man from his country to be crowned Wimbledon champion. However, he had spent 21 hours on court getting to the final and that marathon effort came back to haunt him at the worst possible time.
Weary Anderson had needed five sets and saved a match point to beat Roger Federer in the last-eight. He then played six hours and 36 minutes to defeat John Isner in the semis in the second longest singles match ever played at a Grand Slam.