In London, on Sunday, July 12, Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer on center court to win the Wimbledon 2015 title, making him a three-time champion of the tournament. Federer has won on center court seven times, and has won a total of 17 Grand Slam titles in his career.
Federer, who used to own the center court, lost the rematch this year, and had to settle for runner-up. Just like Serena Williams, he is determined to defy his age and stay at the top for as long as he possibly can. He brings a high level of respect to the sport, and is equally intense in competition. It is what makes it so hard to beat him, which was also evident in his match against Andy Murray in the semi-finals. He played three of his best sets with Murray, but at the final day of the tournament, he could not keep up a strong serve against the talented return player, Djokovic. The final play at Wimbledon 2015 was an intense and exciting match-up with the momentum going back and forth. Federer will certainly be upset with himself for not playing his best against the No. 1-ranked tennis player.
It was a re-match for Federer of the 2014 final, but he could not break through the effect of Djokovic’s service game. The No. 1 men’s champion walks away with his ninth major award in his career, and this Wimbledon 2015 championship gives him three Grand Slam titles on the center court. Djokovic beat Federer with 7-6(1), 6-7(10), 6-4, 6-3, and after all the frustrations of missed opportunities, the victory was so very sweet for the No. 1-ranked tennis pro. For the second consecutive year, Djokovic baffled the No. 2 tennis pro with his baseline cleverness.
At Wimbledon 2015, Djokovic again beat Federer on the center court; a win that pushes him further into the level of tennis’ best. The British fans were disappointed at not being able to see Federer, who is now 33 years old, win his eighth Wimbledon trophy. The No. 1 tennis pro has won five of the last seven matches against the No. 2 tennis pro, and in their 40 head-to-head matches, they have 20 wins each.
After the awarding of the Wimbledon 2015 trophy, Federer said that the finalist trophy was not the same, and it was like he was walking away with nothing. Anyone who knows him has no doubts about how much he wanted to be the one holding the championship trophy. “I’m still very hungry and motivated to keep playing, a match like this is very helpful,” he added.
Sports Illustrated reported that Djokovic’s strength was a lack of weakness, a mild way of saying that being the best returner was a major strong point of the Federer. Its effectiveness lies in the level of intimidation it brings to his opponent, giving him the upper hand in a match. Winning nine major titles moves him into greener pastures in the sport as he passes Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Connors with the victory. Djokovic acknowledged Federer’s accomplishments on the court, saying that his amazing play makes his opponents work hard for every point, and it was an honor to play against him not only in the Wimbledon 2015 match, but any time.
After the second set, the match belonged to the No. 1-ranked player in the world, because his opponent struggled with his timing for much of the second half of the match. Djokovic has beat Federer at Wimbledon 2015.
Opinion by Katherine Miller-Chichester
Sports Illustrated: Djokovic successfully defends his Wimbledon title against Federer
USA Today: Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer for third Wimbledon title
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