Mon, Jul 7, 2:47pm by Dominic Ciconte
NOVAK Djokovic took down Roger Federer in one of the greatest Wimbledon finals in modern history on Monday morning to secure his seventh grand slam title.
Federer, gunning for a record ninth Wimbledon title, won the first set and saved a Championship point in the fourth set, but eventually fell to the Serbian in a five-set thriller, 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4.
Djokovic, the new world number one following the win, had come into the tournament as the $2.88 favourite and, after displaying typical dominant form in reaching the final, was paying as little as $1.65 with some bookmakers to beat Federer, who was paying $2.45.
With Federer, a living legend of the sport, gunning for what could have been his last Wimbledon title and Djokovic, a modern great who has taken all before him, the final brought with it big expectations and it certainly lived up to the hype.
The contest was on from the first serve with a number of momentum swings and critical moments. Following the match, both men admitted that they thought they were out of the game.
Federer in particular could not believe he had made it to a fifth set after surviving championship points in the fourth set.
“It was a great final. I can’t believe I made it to five, it wasn’t looking good for a while,” Federer said.
Djokovic was humble in victory.
“After losing the fourth set it wasn’t easy to go on and win the fifth set, I don’t know how I did it,” he said.
“This is the best tournament in the world and the one I always wanted to win so to be able to compete at such a high level, I am so grateful.”
Following the Djoker’s memorable win, punters have turned their attention to the US Open and have backed the Serbian to continue his reign.
Djokovic’s odds of winning the final Grand Slam of 2014 have been slashed from $3 into $2.75 at Sportingbet.com.au. He is ahead of Rafael Nadal ($3), Andy Murray ($4.50) and Roger Federer ($9).
“Djokovic has featured in the last four finals at Flushing Meadows and with that spectacular Wimbledon win behind him, he’s now clearly the one to beat in September,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.
Five-time winner and defending champion Serena Williams is also a $2.75 favourite to win the women’s tournament, in front of Victoria Azarenka ($5), Maria Sharapova ($6), Eugenie Bouchard ($8) and Simona Halep ($9).
Novak Djokovic $2.75
Rafael Nadal $3.00
Andy Murray $4.50
Roger Federer $9.00
Stanislas Wawrinka $15 at Sportingbet.com.au
Grigor Dimitrov $21
Tomas Berdych $34
Milos Raonic $34
Nick Kyrgios $41
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga $51
John Isner $51
Kei Nishikori $51
Serena Williams $2.75
Victoria Azarenka $5
Maria Sharapova $6
Eugenie Bouchard $8 at Sportingbet.com.au
Simona Halep $9
Na Li $13
Petra Kvitova $13
Agnieszka Radwanska $21
Sabine Lisicki $21
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