Cape Town – Novak Djokovic raced to a fourth Wimbledon title and 13th career Grand Slam crown on Sunday when he defeated a battling but exhausted Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3).
Just ranked at world number 21 Djokovic added the 2018 title to his wins in 2011, 2014 and 2015 becoming the lowest-ranked champion since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.
It also took his Slam total to within one of Pete Sampras, 13 and just four behind the 17 of Rafael Nadal who he defeated in the semi-finals.
Anderson, the eighth seed, was the first South African in the final in nearly hundred years and was bidding to become the first man from his country to be crowned Wimbledon champion.
Anderson was outplayed as produced more than double of unforced errors than his counterpart.
Victory was 31-year-old Djokovic’s first at the majors since he completed the career Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2016.
Anderson played six hours and 36 minutes to defeat John Isner in the semis in the second longest singles match ever played at a Grand Slam.
Although he was defeated Sports Ministry’s Vuyo Mhaga, “The minister is proud of what Anderson has done. He has been such a great ambassador for the country and such an inspiration for our youth. Many young South Africans will now see tennis as a sport they can play. So we’re quite proud of what he’s done for our country.”
Having arrived in the final with 172 aces to his name, Anderson managed just 10 on Sunday.
In the first Wimbledon final featuring two players over 30, Anderson’s chances looked slim even with a injury scare early on.
It was far from the spectacle that the crowd and Royal Box – which included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prime Minister Theresa May as well as actors Hugh Grant and Benedict Cumberbatch – had anticipated.