The 31-year-old Serb seeded 12th, won 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-3) to claim a 13th Slam – his first major since the 2016 French Open.He quickly took control to win the opening set in 29 minutes, breaking twice more in the second set. It took 70 minutes for the world No.8 to get his first break point at 5-2 down – and three points later Djokovic took the second set.
The last six men’s singles Grand Slam titles were won by Federer and Roger Nadal, but now Djokovic is back after two years since completing his career Grand Slam at the 2016 French Open.
He has since struggled with motivation and his fitness – he had an elbow operation after retiring from last year’s Wimbledon.
And the former world No.1 claimed he might not play the grass-court season after crashing out in the quarter-finals in Paris, and then insisted he was not a Wimbledon contender after losing the final at Queen’s Club.
However after winning today, Novak Djokovic dropped to his haunches just inside the baseline, hugging South African Anderson at the net before skipping over towards his box and celebrating wildly in front of his coaching team and wife Jelena.
“I had many moments of doubt, I didn’t know if could come back to this level to compete,” said Djokovic, who also won the Wimbledon title in 2011, 2014 and 2015.
“There is no better place to make a comeback, it’s a sacred place for the world of tennis, it’s very special.”
He is now in outright fourth place on the all-time list of Grand Slam men’s singles titles, moving clear of Roy Emerson and closing the gap on Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (17) and Pete Sampras (14).
The former world number one will move back into the top 10 when the latest rankings are released on Monday. It is his first title since winning Eastbourne last year.