Serbia’s Novak Djokovic wins his fourth Wimbledon title and 13th career Grand Slam title by defeating Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) on Sunday.
World number 21 Novak Djokovic has included the 2018 Wimbledon title to his wins. He has previously won in 2011, 2014 and 2015. Novak Djokovic has become the lowest-ranked champion since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.
It also took Novak Djokovic’s Grand Slam total to within one of Pete Sampras and just four behind the 17 of Rafael Nadal who he defeated in the semi-finals.
Kevin Anderson, the eighth seed, was the first South African in the final in 97 years and was attempting to become the first man from his country to become Wimbledon champion.
He had spent 21 hours on court getting to the Wimbledon final and that grueling effort came back to haunt him at the worst possible time despite a late rally when he had five set points in the third set.
This victory was 31-year-old Djokovic’s first at the majors since he finished the career Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2016.
Wimbledon won came just a month after he threatened to skip Wimbledon after a quarter-loss exit in Paris and with his Men’s single ranking at its lowest in over a decade.
Kevin Anderson had needed five sets and saved a match point to beat Roger Federer in the quarter final.
Kevin Anderson then played six hours and 36 minutes to defeat John Isner in the semi-final in the second longest singles match ever played at a Grand Slam.
It was hardly surprising that he suffered a dramatic power failure in the first two sets against a player who he had defeated only once in six previous meetings and that was 10 years ago.
Having arrived in the final with 172 aces to his name, Kevin Anderson managed just 10 on Sunday.
Anderson also failed to convert any of his seven break points.