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Defending champion Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in Wimbledon final

Novak Djokovic after beating Roger Federer in Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic after beating Roger Federer in Wimbledon AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

World number one Djokovic beat Federer 7-6 (7/1), 6-7 (10/12), 6-4, 6-3, winning his third Wimbledon title Sunday in London.

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Just a month after his French Open final defeat against Stan Wawrinka - a loss that denied him the only major title he has yet to win - Novak Djokovic won against seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer.

"Roger makes you push your limits, work hard and earn every point" said the Serb after the match. "For these matches, you work every day, repetitively... it's a thrilling feeling."

The Swiss had hoped to become the oldest Wimbledon champion of the Open Era, but will have to carry on waiting.

"I think Novak played well not only today, but this week, this year, last year, the year before that..." said Federer after the match. "I didn't play too badly either, but that's how it goes. I'm still hungry and motivated to keep playing... it's been a privilege to be here and back on Centre Court."

Sunday's final was the pair's 40th career meeting and 12th in the Grand Slams.

Djokovic pulled out a piece of Centre Court grass and ate it - "it tasted very very good this year," joked Djokovic. "I don't know what the grounds people have done but they've done a good job. It's a little tradition."

 

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