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Novak Djokovic Tops Rankings Following Wimbledon Stunner
By Tripp Mateschitz, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 6:49pm PST USA
Novak Djokovic Tops Rankings Following Wimbledon Stunner LONDON-- After nearly four hours of suspenseful play in the Wimbledon gentlemenís final, the top seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia finished just ahead of the fourth seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-7(7-9), 6-4, 7-6(7-4), 5-7, 6-4.

The first set stayed on serve with no breaks of serve to enter a tiebreaker.

In the tiebreaker, Federer took a 3-0 lead before committing several backhand errors to fall behind 5-6 and then 6-7 to face two setpoints.

A Federer 122 mile per hour ace out wide hit the service sideline causing white chalk fly up as the score was evened at 7 all.

Djokovic netted a backhand return of a Federer 123 miles per hour serve down the tee to set up a set point for the Swiss at 8-7. Another Djokovic backhand netted this time down the line sent Federer ahead by one set.

At 30-40, with Federer serving to open set two, Djokovic struck a crosscourt backhand winner to break serve and set the tone for the set which would otherwise remain on serve.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia
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For Djokovic, it was his second Wimbledon title and seventh overall grand slam title and also marked his return to the top of the ATP Tour singles rankings.

Behind a mix of aggressive groundstrokes and consistent defense, the Serb also took set three in a tiebreak and went ahead in set four 5-2.

Federer held serve then broke serve to reach 5-4 but then with Djokovic serving for the match, the Swiss found himself only two points from defeat at 30 all.

A netted Federer backhand crosscourt gave Djokovic match point. However a 105 miles per hour ace down the tee from Federer level the score at deuce. The Swiss would strike another ace down the tee at 122 miles per hour before holding serve to reach 5 all.

After breaking serve then holding his next service game, Federer would complete a run of winning five games in a row to enter a decisive fifth set.

The final set remained on serve with no breaks of serve as Federer served to stay in the match at 4-5. An unfortunate start however sent the Swiss down 0-30 as he would net a crosscourt slice backhand then frame a crosscourt backhand long.

Federer drew to 15-30 as Djokovic struck a crosscourt forehand wide.

The Swiss netted his first serve. Djokovic struck a powerful forehand crosscourt which resulted in a Federer forehand down the line hit long to set up match point at 15-40.

Federerís final first serve hit the net before landing long. The Swiss then netted a crosscourt backhand to end the match after 3 hours and 56 minutes of play.

For Djokovic, it was his second Wimbledon title and seventh overall grand slam title and also marked his return to the top of the ATP Tour singles rankings.

Meanwhile Federer at 73 Wimbledon singles matches won is just shy of the American Jimmy Connorís record of 84.

Among active grand slam winners, Federer leads with 17 grand slam titles; followed by Rafael Nadal of Spain with 14 then Djokovic with seven.

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