Wimbledon 2018: Djokovic wins fourth title

Live updates and scores from the action on the last day of Wimbledon 2018.

Updated : Jul 15, 2018 21:41 IST

Novak Djokovic is playing his fifth Wimbledon final.
Novak Djokovic is playing his fifth Wimbledon final.

Novak Djokovic is playing his fifth Wimbledon final.

MATCH REPORT: Dominant Djokovic beats Anderson to regain Wimbledon title


The former world No.1 wins his fourth Wimbledon singles title, downing Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).

Djokovic breaks his duck with the great Roy Emerson. The Serb now has 13 Grand Slam singles titles and is in sole fourth place in the all-time list, behind Pete Sampras with 14, Rafael Nadal (17) and Roger Federer (20).

Kevin Anderson, hat's off. A remarkable, unbelievable run to the final. Unfortunately for the South African, he loses his second Grand Slam final in straight sets.

The South African pulled a comeback out of his hat in the quarterfinals against Roger Federer. And then there was that semifinal against John Isner. A comeback after two insipid, uninspiring sets today might have been too much to ask, but Anderson put his heart into the third set, holding five set points before he lost it in the tiebreak.

8:59PM: Djokovic serving for the match at 6-3.

8:58pm: Championship point for Novak Djokovic!

8:56pm: Djokovic is two points away from the title at the changeover.

8:55pm: Djokovic leads 4-1 in the tiebreak. This set (and match) is his to lose now.

8:54pm: Djokovic has the mini-break! A great passing shot for 3-1.

8:52pm: Djokovic holds with an ace! His serve saved him that game. Now for a tiebreak.

8:49pm: A big serve from Djokovic forces a long return. Deuce.

8:48pm: Anderson brings up set point no.5.

8:47pm: Djokovic saves one. Anderson has another set point. And Djokovic saves that too!

8:46pm: Djokovic sends the ball wide! And Anderson has two more sets points!

8:45pm: A cross-court slice winner at the net for Anderson. He's 30-0 on Djokovic's serve.

8:42pm: Anderson holds to love for 6-5 as the match hits the two-hour mark.

8:40pm: Djokovic holds. It's five all in the third set. A big serve from the three-time champion.

8:39pm: Anderson goes for a winner but sends it long. He challenges, but the review confirms the fault.

8:37pm: Another double fault from Djokovic! Another set point for Anderson! Another save from Djokovic! Deuce.

8:36pm: Djokovic serves a double fault to give Anderson a set point, which the Serb saves.

8:34pm: The crowd is really getting behind Anderson. He gets a loud pop as he levels the game at 30-30 on Djokovic's serve.

8:30pm: Anderson holds serve for a 5-4 lead. Djokovic will serve to stay in the third set.

8:27pm: Djokovic holds. It's four all.

8:25pm: Anderson has a break point. Just his second of the match.

8:20pm: Anderson is making a match of it. He leads four games to three. But he's going to have to overcome quite the deficit. He did it against Roger Federer. Can he do it again today?

8:17pm: It's three games all in the third set.

Djokovic has hit just seven unforced errors to Anderson's 29, and that's made all the difference.

8:13pm: Anderson holds and leads three games to two in the third set.

8:09pm: Djokovic holds to love for two all.

Where is Anderson's serve? He hit just three aces this match to his opponent's four. The South African sent down an average of 29 aces in his first six matches here.

8:05pm: A big hold from the big man to lead 2-1 in the third set. Djokovic to serve.

8:01pm: Djokovic holds to love. It's one game all.

7:59pm: Anderson wins a game of big serves to open the third set.

Fans have been concerned about the Wimbledon men's singles final overlapping with the football World Cup final. That may not be the case if this match continues as it is.

7:53pm: Djokovic wins the second set. He leads 6-2, 6-2.

Anderson is not exactly cutting a forlorn figure. He's not showing the signs of fatigue that should have been there considering he played 21 hours of tennis this tournament before the final. His game is just not there today.

7:51pm: Anderson has a break point on Djokovic's serve!

7:48pm: Anderson holds. Djokovic serves for the second set at 5-2.

Both sets have progressed in an identical manner. Djokovic has to hold serve now to maintain that.

7:43pm: Djokovic holds. He leads 5-1 in the second set.

Update from the boys' singles final: Chun Hsin Tseng of Taiwan wins 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4 against Jack Draper, dashing British hopes for a first winner in the category since 1962.

This was Chun Hsin Tseng's third consecutive Grand Slam final. He lost in Australia to Sebastian Korda and won at Roland Garros against Sebastián Báez.

All hope is not lost for the home crowd though. Jamie Murray plays the mixed doubles final with Victoria Azarenka against Alexander Peya and Nicole Melichar in the next match on Centre Court.

7:40pm: Novak Djokovic is beyond Kevin Anderson's reach today. What can he do to get back into the match?

The crowd roars as the South African wins a point for deuce on Djokovic's serve. They want a contest. They're haven't really gotten one so far.

7:35pm: Anderson's serve and groundstrokes are all over the place today. He gifts Djokovic another break.

Anderson hit 172 aces in the tournament going into the final. He's hit just three in seven service games today.

7:32pm: Djokovic holds serve to go up 3-1 in the second set.

7:27pm: Anderson wins the longest rally of the match at 15 shots as Djokovic hits the net. And Anderson holds serve. Djokovic leads two games to one.

7:25pm: This is interesting. The chair umpire calls for the point to be replayed as a ball falls out of Anderson's pocket during play.

7:22pm: Huge cheers for Anderson as he keeps his serve in and goes up 40-0. But Djokovic wins the next two points. Make that three. Deuce.

7:20pm: A comfortable hold for Novak Djokovic as he leads Kevin Anderson 2-0 in the second set.

7:16pm: Anderson challenges a Djokovic winner. It's in and the Serb has the early break in the second set.

Update from the boys' singles final: Jack Draper keeps British hopes alive as he wins the second set in a tiebreak to level the match with top seed Chun Hsin Tseng.

7:15pm: Djokovic has two break points on Anderson's serve as the second set begins.

Anderson has made 14 unforced errors from the back of the court till now.

7:11pm: The trainer comes on immediately for Anderson. It seems to be his right elbow that's the culprit.

7:10pm: Anderson sends a brilliant return from Anderson to Djokovic's backhand, but he slices the follow-up into the net to give the Serb two set points. And Djokovic wins the first set 6-2 as Anderson hits a forehand long.

7:06pm: Anderson holds serve. Djokovic will serve for the opening set at 5-2.

7:00pm: Djokovic is running away with the first set. He breaks Anderson again and then holds for a 5-1 lead.

6:50pm: Anderson's serve is back on track. He sends down a 137mph ace for 40-0 and then holds to love.

6:48pm: A perfect start for Djokovic. The Serbian holds for a 2-0 lead.

6:45pm: A poor start from Anderson. He double-faults to give Djokovic the break to begin the match. His serve is his biggest weapon, and the South African has sent down 172 aces this tournament, second only to John Isner, who set a Wimbledon record of 214.

6:27pm: We're minutes away from the men's singles final.

Kevin Anderson, who lost to Rafael Nadal in the US Open final last year, is the first South African to reach the final at Wimbledon since Brian Norton in 1921. The last South African to win a Grand Slam was Johan Kriek, who won in Australia in 1981 and '82.

Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, is out to prove that he's still up there with Nadal and Roger Federer, who have shared the last six Grand Slams between them after taking time out from tennis in the second half of 2016.

Djokovic last reached a Grand Slam final at the 2016 US Open, where he lost to Stan Wawrinka. The Serb hasn't won one since the French Open that year, where he became the fifth man to complete the career Grand Slam in the Open Era, following in the footsteps of Rod Laver, Andre Agassi, Federer and Nadal. He's seeking a 13th Slam and fourth Wimbledon title today.

5:56pm: The men's singles final is scheduled to begin at 6.30 IST.

But on right now is the boy's singles final between top seed Chun Hsin Tseng and Jack Draper, the great British hope who had a marathon of his own on Friday, winning the fifth set of his semifinal against Nicolas Mejia 19-17. A three-set match that lasted four hours and 24 minutes!

5:50pm: Meanwhile, Serena Williams provided a false sense of normality as she reached the women's singles final while the stars fell around her.

But the fairy tale ending was not to be hers. The title went the way of Angelique Kerber, who outplayed the American in two quick sets to deny Serena a huge slice of history .

In the men's doubles final on Saturday, Mike Bryan equalled John Newcombe's all-time record of 17 Grand Slam titles, moving ahead of twin brother Bob and Todd Woodbridge.

And Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková became the first pair to win the women's doubles title at Wimbledon after previously winning the girls' doubles title, as they beat Nicole Melichar and Květa Peschke in the final. Krejčíková and Siniaková also became the first women's doubles team to win the French Open-Wimbledon double since 2003.

5:35pm: We've had one of the most eventful Grand Slams in recent memory.

First off, not a single one of the top 10 seeds in the women's singles made it to the quarterfinals .

Then, on Wednesday, Kevin Anderson played what at that time was the match of his life, battling back from two sets down and defending match point to defeat Roger Federer in five sets , including a 13-11 decider. That, of course, was just a taste of what was to come.

On Friday, Anderson and John Isner played the second-longest match in Wimbledon history and third-longest of all time, the South African winning the fifth set 26-24 after six hours and 36 minutes on Centre Court to reach his first Wimbledon final.

Next, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic played the second-longest semifinal in Wimbledon history . Played over two days and ending at the five hour and 15 minute mark, it was second only to the match that preceded it!

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