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Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon - gets ready for wedding July 9

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In an epic five-set thriller pitting two tennis legends, Novak Djokovic broke Roger Federer’s serve in the final game to win the 2014 Wimbledon Men’s Singles championship.

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With the victory, Djokovic earned his seventh Grand Slam title his second win at Wimbledon and ascension back as the world’s No. 1 ranked men’s player. Previously, the 27-year old husband and father-to-be had lost his last three Grand Slam finals and five of his last six. Djokovic’s seven Grand Slam wins now puts him in eighth place for most career Slam wins, along with two other legendary tennis players – John McEnroe and Mats Wilander.

And for Roger Federer, widely regarded as the greatest tennis player in the history of the game, it was a bitter disappointment as he was denied what would have been a record eighth Wimbledon championship and 18th Grand Slam victory. Yet despite the loss, Federer proved to tennis fans worldwide that he remains a force to be reckoned with, even as he approaches his 33rd birthday next month. It was also a significant improvement from Federer’s performance last year in the world’s greatest tennis tournament, as he was ousted in the second round amid discussion he could no longer compete against the tennis elite.

Federer’s last appearance in any Grand Slam final was two years ago, when he defeated Andy Murray at Wimbledon. But had he won today, Federer would have been the oldest Wimbledon winner in the history of the Open Era. Even with the loss, Federer added to his list of record accomplishments, including 59 appearances in a Grand Slam event, 42 quarter final appearances and 25 Grand Slam finals.

The first Wimbledon final in 15 years featuring two former world’s No. 1 ranked players had a number of momentum swings. And by taking the first set tiebreaker and the subsequent ankle and calf injuries of his opponent, Federer seemed to have the advantage. But in what may have been his guttiest performance ever in a tournament final, Djokovic managed to snatch victory away in one of the most memorable Wimbledon finals in history.

For Novak Djokovic, it wasn’t just a monumental and emotional win, it was a fitting performance, just days before he marries his longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic on Wednesday in Montenegro. The couple, who have been together for nine years, are expecting their first child in October.

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