A third Wimbledon title for Djokovic

Defending champion Novak Djokovic won his third Wimbledon and ninth Grand Slam title on Sunday with victory against Roger Federer - then declared he was hungry for more.

Novak Djokovic came through a difficult draw to beat Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final for the second year in a row.

Though not the five-set classic of last year, the result was the same, Djokovic coming through, this time in four sets to lift his third Wimbledon title.

The Centre Court crowd were behind the Swiss player, who was seeking a record eighth singles title at the All England Club, but Federer could not reach the heights of Friday's semi-final victory over Andy Murray, regarded by many as one of the best grass court displays in recent history.

In the final, with a break of serve each in the first set, it went to a tie-break and Federer's serve, so effective against Murray, failed him at key moments with Djokovic dominating and winning it 7-1.

The second set also went to a tie-break and at 6-3 up Djokovic was in control with three set points.

However to the crowd's delight, all were saved. In total the world number one had seven set points but failed to win any of them as Federer took advantage and drew level in the match.

Though the momentum then seemed to be with the second seed, it was Djokovic who began the third set the better, establishing a break in the third game. He took the set convincingly and, after breaking again for 3-2 in the fourth, sealed the match with his first championship point.

It capped a memorable tournament for the top seed who overcame some tough opponents on his way to the final. He had straight sets victories over Philipp Kohlschreiber, Jarkko Nieminen and Bernard Tomic but had to fight harder in the fourth round.

He was two sets down to the big serving Kevin Anderson but recovered to win in five and from then on had more comfortable victories over Marin Cilic in the last eight and Richard Gasquet in the semi-finals.

Federer appeared in excellent form throughout, having convincing wins over Sam Querry and Sam Groth in the early stages. In the last eight he was too good for Gilles Simon and then, facing Murray in the semis, a repeat of the 2012 final, the Scot did little wrong but was simply outclassed in a formidable display by the seven-time Wimbledon champion.

The tournament also saw another early departure for former champion Rafael Nadal. For the fourth year in a row he failed to reach the quarter-finals, this time falling in the second round to German Dustin Brown.

The man who beat Nadal last year, Nick Kyrgios, had an eventful championship. He made impressive progress through to the fourth round, beating seventh seed Milos Raonic, but against Gasquet, he went out in five.

The match saw some of the best and worst of the talented Australian and, while he has the talent to go much further in the game, much will depend upon his attitude and whether he has the desire and self-discipline, demonstrated so impeccably by the likes of Federer and Djokovic.

Gasquet, after beating Kyrgios in the fourth round, went on to beat Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals, coming back from two sets to one down to win through at the expense of the French Open champion.

That match and the previous one went to five sets and that may well have taken its toll when the Frenchman came up against Djokovic in the semi-final where he lost in straight sets.

So, a third Wimbledon title for Djokovic and he goes into the rest of the 2015 season with a formidable winning record of 49-3. He stands alone as the best player in the world and, at the US Open in September, will be favourite to win the tournament for a second time. It is difficult, on this form, to see who can challenge him.

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