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Djokovic defeats Anderson in straight sets to win Wimbledon

5:56 pm, 15th July 2018

It is the 13th Grand Slam trophy for the former world No 1 from Serbia, and his first in more than two years after dealing with an injured right elbow that needed surgery.

Djokovic beat Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in the Royal Box to attend the final, along with Prime Minister Theresa May and a host of celebrities including Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Grant.

Anderson, 32, nearly managed to extend the match – holding five set points to force a fourth.

Djokovic, who is back to his best, held steady and saved all five of those.

Both finalists came into the final after gruelling matches, having won the two longest semi-finals in Wimbledon history.

Anderson won a marathon semi-final lasting six hours and 36 minutes against John Isner on Friday.

Djokovic, 31, took five hours and 15 minutes to secure victory over Rafael Nadal, in a match that spanned two days and ended on Saturday.

Anderson has never won a major tournament. This is his second Grand Slam final, after he was the runner-up to Nadal at last year’s US Open.

Djokovic, who was the overwhelming favourite to secure the Wimbledon title, previously thought his best days were behind him when his career took a nose-dive.

“Yes, there were moments of doubt, of frustration, disappointment, where you’re questioning whether you want to keep it going,” he said back in a Slam final for the first time since finishing runner-up at the 2016 US Open.

His troubles began during Wimbledon last year when an elbow injury forced a retirement in his quarter-final and he sat out the rest of 2017.

He was then knocked out of the Australian Open in the last 16 in January.

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