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Novak Djokovic vs Kevin Anderson Wimbledon 2018 men's final live scores, updates & commentary: Djokovic wins fourth Wimbledon title, beating Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3)

  • Novak Djokovic beats Kevin Anderson to claim the Wimbledon 2018 title
  • Djokovic beats Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) - as it happened

Resurgent Novak Djokovic captures fourth Wimbledon title with a 6-2, 6-2 7-6(3) victory over Kevin Anderson: Live scores, updates and commentary on the 2018 Wimbledon men's final.


*denotes next player to serve
Key events
14:02 15 Jul

How to watch Djokovic vs Anderson live from Wimbledon

16:49 15 Jul

Congratulations Novak Djokovic!

16:44 15 Jul

Stefan steals the show

16:39 15 Jul

'The grass tastes good this year'

16:36 15 Jul

'I would have given another 21 hours to make it out here.'

16:34 15 Jul

Trophy presentation time

16:32 15 Jul

A baker's dozen

16:30 15 Jul

Novak Djokovic has done it again!

16:22 15 Jul

Game, set & match Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3)

16:14 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 2-6, 6-6 Djokovic - third set tie-break coming up!

16:11 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 2-6, 6-5 Djokovic*

16:02 15 Jul

Anderson* 2-6, 2-6, 5-5 Djokovic - Djokovic saves two set points

15:57 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 2-6, 5-4 Djokovic*

15:53 15 Jul

Anderson* 2-6, 2-6, 4-4 Djokovic - Djokovic saves break point

15:48 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 2-6, 4-3 Djokovic*

15:45 15 Jul

Anderson* 2-6, 2-6, 3-3 Djokovic

15:40 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 2-6, 3-2 Djokovic*

15:37 15 Jul

Anderson* 2-6, 2-6, 2-2 Djokovic

15:33 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 2-6, 2-1 Djokovic*

15:30 15 Jul

Anderson* 2-6, 2-6, 1-1 Djokovic

15:29 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 2-6, 1-0 Djokovic*

15:26 15 Jul

Silentium post clamores

15:18 15 Jul

SET Djokovic leads 6-2, 6-2

15:14 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 2-5 Djokovic*

15:09 15 Jul

Anderson* 2-6, 1-5 Djokovic

15:03 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 1-4 Djokovic*

15:00 15 Jul

Anderson* 2-6, 1-3 Djokovic

14:51 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 1-2 Djokovic*

14:48 15 Jul

Anderson* 2-6, 0-2 Djokovic

14:43 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 0-1 Djokovic* - Djokovic breaks to open the second set

14:37 15 Jul

SET Djokovic leads 6-2

14:34 15 Jul

Anderson 2-5 Djokovic*

14:31 15 Jul

Anderson* 1-5 Djokovic

14:27 15 Jul

Anderson 1-4 Djokovic* - Djokovic breaks again

14:23 15 Jul

Anderson* 1-3 Djokovic

14:19 15 Jul

Anderson 1-2 Djokovic*

14:16 15 Jul

Anderson* 0-2 Djokovic

14:09 15 Jul

Anderson 0-1 Djokovic* - Djokovic breaks to open

14:00 15 Jul

The walk of fame

13:57 15 Jul

Marathon men

13:49 15 Jul

The head-to-head

13:40 15 Jul

Back against the wall

13:29 15 Jul

Pre-match reading

13:19 15 Jul

A nation expects

13:12 15 Jul

Will we see another first-time winner?

13:10 15 Jul

A right royal day out, part II

13:01 15 Jul

Let's do this thing

Live blog

14:02 15 Jul

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16:49 15 Jul

Congratulations Novak Djokovic!

You are the Wimbledon champion once again - and a worthy one, tying Rod Laver with four Wimbledon trophies. 

Congratulations champ.


16:44 15 Jul

Stefan steals the show

What a cutie - and so excited to see his dad with the trophy!


16:39 15 Jul

'The grass tastes good this year'

Djokovic's son Stefan is in the box now to see his dad lift the Wimbledon trophy.

'It feels amazing because for the first time there's someone in the box screaming "Daddy, Daddy!"' Djokovic says. 'I can't be happier, I'm very emotional for him being there, and my wife, and my whole team.'

'He was by far the best sparring partner I had in the best couple of weeks.'

Congratulates Anderson - 'He has had quite a few hours in quarterfinals and semifinals ... He didn't play his best for the first two sets, but in the third set he was the better player and I was quite lucky to actually get through.'

'I had to trust in myself,' he says, asked about the past two years. 'I'm very grateful, I owe a great, great thanks to everyone in my team who's been supporting me for the past two years, it hasn't been easy ... There's no better place in the world to really make a comeback. This is a sacred place for the world of tennis. I always dreamed of holding this trophy as a young boy. It's very, very special.'
16:36 15 Jul

'I would have given another 21 hours to make it out here.'

'The first two sets Novak beat up on me pretty bad,' Anderson says frankly. Congratulates Djokovic as 'a great champion of our sport'. 

'This is such an amazing tournament for us players and we devote our whole lives to trying to make it out here on this court,' Anderson says when asked about his marathon journey. 'I would have given another 21 hours to make it out here.'
16:34 15 Jul

Trophy presentation time

A big roar for Kevin Anderson as he comes up to be awarded his runner's-up plate. Honestly, who would have thought, say, two years ago that the South African would have made two Grand Slam finals in the space of 12 months?

But the moment belongs to Novak Djokovic, who is reunited with that Wimbledon men's singles trophy and closes his eyes as he lifts it high above his head.
16:32 15 Jul

A baker's dozen

With this win, Djokovic moves into fourth place on the Grand Slam winners list - and if you don't think he's coming for Pete Sampras's 14, you're nuts.

1. Roger Federer - 20 2. Rafael Nadal - 17 3. Pete Sampras - 14 4. Novak Djokovic - 13 5. Roy Emerson - 12
16:30 15 Jul

Novak Djokovic has done it again!

Djokovic bows briefly own, not quite to his knees, and gets up to shake Anderson's hand.

Then jogs to the other side of the net, both fists go into the air - and he squats to pluck his traditional blade of grass from Centre Court and eats it. 

He skips once, twice, thrice over in the direction of his box, and gives a big roar for them. 

How good this must feel after two years.
16:22 15 Jul

Game, set & match Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3)

Five set points saved by Djokovic to get us to this tie-break, which Anderson will serve to begin.

1-0 as Anderson redirects pace superbly to send a forehand winner into the open court
1-1 Djokovic follows a first serve with a solid backhand for the error
2-1 Anderson fires a backhand long on the move
1-3 A blocked return back from Djokovic, Anderson comes in - and Djokovic fires the forehand winner down the line!
1-4 Anderson comes in again - Djokovic forces the volley long! Two points won against the Anderson serve in the heart of the tie-break.
5-1 Service winner from Djokovic to put him two points way from the Wimbledon title as they change ends
5-2 That's one given away - a tight backhand wide from the Serb.
2-6 Championship points! Great return from Djokovic, backhand down the line and Anderson's forehand hits the net. 
3-6 That's one saved by Anderson, who comes in behind a good serve and measured approach and backs himself to make the smash. Which he does. Title on Novak's racquet.
7-3 HE'S DONE IT. SERVICE WINNER. 

16:14 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 2-6, 6-6 Djokovic - third set tie-break coming up!

Unthinkably enough after the first two sets, this suddenly feels very much in the balance. Anderson is playing so well right now, having warmed and loosened up, and Djokovic - well, he seems to have tightened up significantly.

And Djokovic opens the game by pushing a forehand long for 0-15 - then he's down 0-30 as he is brought in by a short ball, but opts to slice carefully cross-court and Anderson slices it back for a winner.

Djokovic with a serve down the T for 15-30 - but he's pulled a forehand wide inside-in and it will be two set points for Anderson! 

The first one is saved with a good, but not brilliant, serve wide to the Anderson forehand - he could have made that. 30-40. 

Now the second one saved for deuce, finding a first serve to the Anderson forehand for a short ball he can fire carefully into the corner. 

Great defensive depth from Anderson lets him reset though and he pressures a forehand error out of Djokovic for a third set point in this game (fifth overall). 

Once more, Djokovic serves to the Anderson forehand and gets the return just long. Deuce. 

Djokovic has a point now to take us to a tie-break after charging in to get the error - but pegged back again to deuce for the third time with a great Anderson deep backhand return. 

A second serve, Anderson works his way in, Djokovic passes coolly on the backhand - then gets into it with somebody in the crowd before holding with an ace. 
16:11 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 2-6, 6-5 Djokovic*

Anderson with two absolutely thunderous deliveries for 30-0, and if he can hold here, he'll guarantee himself at least a tie-break in this set. And if he can hold quickly, the pressure on Djokovic's next service game will feel excruciating ...

Anderson up 40-0 with a big forehand behind the first serve, really commanding that middle area of the court now, and Djokovic nets a forehand.
16:02 15 Jul

Anderson* 2-6, 2-6, 5-5 Djokovic - Djokovic saves two set points

So Anderson had break point in Djokovic's last service game, and here the Serb is, serving to stay in the third set. 

Djokovic opens with a service winner, while Hawkeye confirms that Anderson's return was, indeed, long - but the Serb throws in a double fault for 15-15. 

Another good serve from Djokovic to the Anderson backhand for 30-15 - but Anderson gets the serve back into play and then goes on the attack with that inside-out forehand, pressing in for the error and 30-30. 

Huge point coming here - and it will be a second serve - and it's a double fault! Set point Anderson! 

Anderson lands a great return, and the crowd think Djokovic's deep response is out, screaming as Anderson slips - he gets back up and continues the point, but Djokovic has worked his way on top of it and puts a volley away to save the break point. He doesn't celebrate though - instead putting a finger to his lips. Tense.

And it's a third double fault in this game! Djokovic challenges fruitlessly. Risky second serves from him in this game, and it's not paying off. 

But he saves a second set point with a serve that puffs on to the back of the service line, then standing up to redirect a short forehand off a tricky return for deuce.

Djokovic misses the first serve, this time goes for just getting it in, and it pays off because Anderson's return is fine but not great. A long cagey rally - Djokovic gets a big cross-court forehand back, and Anderson presses forward but just misses the attacking ball. No more challenges remaining for the South African.

Game point Djokovic - and a big delivery down the T, and a big roar! 
15:57 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 2-6, 5-4 Djokovic*

So Anderson is becoming a real presence in this match. Can he keep holding? Who knows what might happen if he can ...

He opens this 4-4 service game with a big serve, closing the net behind it, but a double fault gets him into trouble for 15-15.

Back-to-back aces down the T put him 40-15 up, and he attacks the net and pulls off an audaciously sharp-angled backhand volley that even Djokovic can't chase down. 

A confident hold - and now Djokovic will have to serve to stay in it!
15:53 15 Jul

Anderson* 2-6, 2-6, 4-4 Djokovic - Djokovic saves break point

There's a big roar of support from the Centre Court crowd as Anderson lands a clean return winner for 0-15 but Djokovic's serving continues to be pin-point accurate for 30-15.

Anderson seems to have missed a short attacking forehand, but the umpire overrules and he is correct - it's 30-30. Djokovic just getting a little tentative here off the ground. Can't just rely on Anderson missing without giving him some inducement.

Anderson has his second break point of the match as his backhand takes an extremely lucky bounce off the net-cord - worth noting that Djokovic couldn't find a first serve on that point, though.

A good Djokovic serve wide gets a good return back, but Djokovic is equal to the challenge, putting some sting on the forehand to get the error in response for deuce.

Djokovic approaches the net in textbook fashion and volleys into the open court for game point, and holds with a big serve and a big yell.
15:48 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 2-6, 4-3 Djokovic*

Anderson barks 'Yes!' hoarsely as he opens this seventh game with a great serve, and plays one of his absolute best rallies so far for 30-0, not just hanging with but taking it to Djokovic in a 17-shot exchange to get the error. 

Anderson slams an ace down the T for 40-0, but squanders the chance of a love hold with a backhand down the line long. Still he will have no complaints as he finds his second ace down the T of the game to hold. 
15:45 15 Jul

Anderson* 2-6, 2-6, 3-3 Djokovic

Djokovic starts the game with a big serve, then tempts and teases Anderson into the net with an exchange of delicate backhand slices so he can pass him down the line for 30-0, outrallying Anderson from the baseline for 40-0 - and wraps up a love hold with a short forehand winner.

He's won 15 straight points on serve.
15:40 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 2-6, 3-2 Djokovic*

Anderson immediately in trouble as he pushes for a personal best in terms of games won per set in this match, netting his cross-court approach shot. His forehand has been the stand-out shot of his tournament so far, but it hasn't really made it on to Centre Court today.

He sets up a high ball he can smash away for 15-15, and then lands just his fourth ace of the match - equalling Djokovic's total - for 30-15. A good second serve for 40-15 and serves and volleys on game point - but nets a forehand volley for 40-30 as Djokovic, unremarked, forces him to hit another ball. 

Still game point - and converted as he sharpens the angle on the forehand to send Djokovic fruitlessly lunging.
15:37 15 Jul

Anderson* 2-6, 2-6, 2-2 Djokovic

So, Anderson has already got as many games in this set as he managed in both of the others. A good start.

Djokovic with a service winner, then a lucid backhand to run Anderson wide for the error to lead 30-0. An excellent serve down the T to the Anderson backhand, and a hold to love. Strong serving.
15:33 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 2-6, 2-1 Djokovic*

Anderson finds a big delivery into the corner for 15-0 after a good Djokovic return gave him a foothold, and handles a great Djokovic return for 30-15.

Djokovic fires a forehand long for 40-15, and then Anderson does some good work from the baseline to elicit a Djokovic forehand slices into the net. Much better start to this set from the big man. 
15:30 15 Jul

Anderson* 2-6, 2-6, 1-1 Djokovic

A second serve to the Anderson forehand flies off the frame for 15-0, and the big man has the right idea on the next point - attacking the net behind an aggressive return - but nets the volley for 30-0 before a Djokovic slice, one which hummed over the net and then dived towards the court like a hawk that's just spotted something small and juicy in the grass, gets a forehand error. 

Djokovic holds to love. 
15:29 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 2-6, 1-0 Djokovic*

Anyway, after that brief excursion into the realms of the lyrical ... Anderson holds to 15 to open the third set.

He played so much better in the second half of the second set - what can he do here? Not getting broken to start the set was an excellent start.
15:26 15 Jul

Silentium post clamores

It's worth considering what turbulent emotions must be coursing through Novak Djokovic right now. Two years since he won a major title - two years of personal turmoil, disillusionment and disappointment, confusion over how best to handle his long-standing injury, bewilderment about where his fire had gone, real uncertainty about the best way to approach this act of his career.

Falling from the pinnacle, bombarded by constant questions, having to grapple with all of this in the unforgiving HD slo-mo glare of the world.

Battling through that all-out war of a semifinal against Nadal is one thing, but finding this kind of equilibrium and calm - and it must go deeper than his skin to be producing this kind of tennis - in this final? Truly something else.
15:18 15 Jul

SET Djokovic leads 6-2, 6-2

Djokovic swiftly up 30-0 - but Anderson attacks the net and lands a fantastic volley, and then on the next point finds a running, wrongfooting backhand winner past Djokovic - and he's earned his first break point of the match!

It's a lengthy, cagey rally - but after 15 shots of relentless pressure from Djokovic, it's Anderson that gives up the mistake for deuce. Then Djokovic finds a backhand down the line winner from deep, and gives a short roar - converting set point with a service winner.

This is the champion we know, who raises his level effortlessly when tested. Where've you been, Novak?
15:14 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 2-5 Djokovic*

Anderson looking for something - anything - to build on and he doesn't want to drop serve for a third time in this set, so it's good to see him swiftly up 40-0 with some dominant serving, although Djokovic lands a good return on the next point and parlays that advantage into getting Anderson on the run for an error on the move. 

But Anderson closes out his fourth game (!) with setting up and smoothing out a forehand winner down the line.
15:09 15 Jul

Anderson* 2-6, 1-5 Djokovic

You have to feel for Kevin Anderson. Yes, even you, you soulless monsters.

The South African lands an absolutely incredible return down the line, going for broke and making it - and Djokovic not only gets to it, he gets it back deep and difficult enough to pressure the error. 

There's a definite analogy to be drawn with yesterday's ladies' singles final, with Djokovic playing the role of Angelique Kerber. It's easy to focus on the eye-catching errors and occasional winners of Kevin Serena Anderson Williams across the net there, but look at what a tremendous, consistent high level is being produced at the other end of the court. How are you supposed to win when your opponent is somehow both constantly keeping you under smothering pressure, and making no mistakes?

That said, Anderson has just read Djokovic's serve very well for an attacking return to deuce, and Djokovic has made a mistake to be pegged back from game point. But Anderson misses a forehand long on the run, and Djokovic lands a winner behind him to come through his tightest service game yet in style.
15:03 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 1-4 Djokovic*

Anderson is definitely playing better, but there are still a few too many misfires, like the attacking forehand that goes in the net for 15-15 - making it very problematic when his foot slides under him on the next point for a missed backhand, 15-30. 

And he's broken as the forehand flies again. Djokovic solid as a rock, swift as a coursing river, mysterious as the dark side of the moon down the other end.
15:00 15 Jul

Anderson* 2-6, 1-3 Djokovic

Definitely some encouraging signs for Anderson as he really flattens out the ball and goes for his shots, beating Djokovic in a baseline rally to establish a 0-15 foothold.

Djokovic's serve comes to his rescue - three service winners and an ace and he's up 3-1 again.
14:51 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 1-2 Djokovic*

This is much better from Anderson - a couple of his most effective first serves to go up 40-0, although he then shanks a forehand for 40-15 - and misses an attacking forehand wildly for 40-30 (the ball shot off the service line). 

Djokovic handles an awkard ball down the centre well by seamlessly transitioning to a sliced backhand and forces the error for deuce, and what looked like a tremendously encouraging hold is now threatening to assume nightmare proportions.

He can still get a boost by digging himself out of trouble to hold - and he's got game point with a service winner. Can't find the first serve on the next point - oh, and it's a double fault. Deuce. That was all about having only won four of 13 points behind his second serve so far.

Anderson is in the next point - but the ball falls out of his pocket, forcing a point replayed.

But it's actually gone his way as for the first time, he wins a lengthy rally - actually the longest of the match at 15 shots - scampering brilliantly to a very deep Djokovic return and trading thereafter until the Serb misses a forehand wide. That could be huge for his confidence.

And he holds with a very neat foray into net and forehand volley which Djokovic chases down but can't return. We might just have a match on our hands.
14:48 15 Jul

Anderson* 2-6, 0-2 Djokovic

It's easy to focus on what Anderson is struggling with, whether and why he's under-performing etc., but let's not neglect how beautifully Djokovic is playing.

Totally in control, everything flowing, no jagged edges, nothing forced, just pure, limpid domination.

That said, he serves a double fault to open the game. But he does it purely and limpidly, and wins the next two points to move ahead 30-15 as Anderson misses a backhand on the run. A pair of service winners and he extends his control over the match even further.
14:43 15 Jul

Anderson 2-6, 0-1 Djokovic* - Djokovic breaks to open the second set

No MTO for Anderson, although his elbow is given a vigorous rubbing.

Let's not forget that Anderson has spent 21 hours plus on court to make it to this final - but let's also not forget that he also lost the first set against Roger Federer in even more one-sided fashion than he just lost the first set of this one. 

He's immediately in trouble, though, as Djokovic lands a pin-point return to pressure the error from Anderson - and the troubles multiply as a mid-length rally ends with a backhand slapped into the net for 15-40. He just can't hit through Djokovic so far.

It looks like Djokovic has broken as Anderson's backhand misses off a ball that looked like it shot off the line - the South Anderson challenges, but Hawkeye confirms it's a break for Djokovic.
14:37 15 Jul

SET Djokovic leads 6-2

The trainer does come on - there's a quick conversation with both Anderson and tournament supervisor Andrew Jarrett - Anderson points to his elbow - but there's no treatment and the trainer leaves the court. Not sure what that was about. 

Anyway, Djokovic serving for the set and Anderson lands one of his best returns of it to make it 15-15, but a serve down the T sees the Serb edge up 30-15, and Anderson nets for 40-15.

Djokovic swiftly converts set point with a service winner.

Trainer back out for Anderson and now he is getting treatment on his arm/elbow.
14:34 15 Jul

Anderson 2-5 Djokovic*

Reportedly, Anderson has asked for the trainer at the next change of ends. Unsurprising: He needed treatment twice against Isner. 

The first set is gone, but Anderson desperately wants to hold here so he can start the next set serving, and he finds a 130+ mph delivery for 30-15, and a winning second serve to the Djokovic forehand for 40-15 - and his second ace to hold.
14:31 15 Jul

Anderson* 1-5 Djokovic

Djokovic is playing as crisply as a freshly ironed linen suit, as he forays forward for a deft volley for 30-0 and land a service winner for 40-0, and then a second for the hold.

'Yeah! Come on!' Anderson yells in the background, trying to fire himself up. 
14:27 15 Jul

Anderson 1-4 Djokovic* - Djokovic breaks again

An unfortunate start to Anderson's next service game as he goes down 0-30, initially handling a poor bounce off the net cord well but firing the inside-out forehand wide after Djokovic's trademark defense keeps him in the rally for an unreasonable length of time. 

Anderson finds his first ace down the T for 15-30 - but another lengthy rally sees him net an attacking forehand, his fourth mistake off that wing so far. It's been the stand-out shot for the South African in this tournament and he's trying to go for it, but perhaps just under too much pressure thanks to Djokovic's smothering defense.

Djokovic breaks with a return that dips low to the giant South African's feet, forcing the volley error, and he has a double break lead in just 19 minutes.
14:23 15 Jul

Anderson* 1-3 Djokovic

For me, one of the most impressive aspects of Djokovic's performance against Nadal was how well he served - 20+ aces, winning significantly more points behind his first delivery than Nadal despite identical numbers of first serves landed (and not a low percentage either - both men at 71% for the match).

It's simplistic, but if you look at the trajectory of Djokovic's career, his serve is the barometer. A big component of his slump has been the way he adjusted his service motion to try to take pressure off that injured right elbow - and when long-time coach Marian Vajda rejoined the team this spring, he simplified it drastically and got the motion back a more streamlined version of what it used to be.

And look at the results a few months later: Djokovic into the Wimbledon final, where he's just held comfortably to 15.
14:19 15 Jul

Anderson 1-2 Djokovic*

Anderson wins his first point behind second serve for 30-0, which will be a confidence booster, and sends his first really big delivery kicking down the T at 137mph for 40-0. Djokovic gets a frame on it, but no more - and Anderson gets on the board with another big serve.
14:16 15 Jul

Anderson* 0-2 Djokovic

The worst possible start for Kevin Anderson - not only did he get broken, but he didn't land a single unreturnable serve in that game. Djokovic got everything back. No wonder he tried to crank up the mphs and double-faulted to be broken.

If there's one thing we know about Anderson's journey at this Wimbledon, though, it's that he won't stop believing. (Sorry.) He gives it an audible 'C'mon!' as he wins his first point on Djokovic's serve for 15-15, but sends a wild forehand long on the next point.

Anderson gets a look at the Djokovic second serve, but frames the forehand long and wide and Djokovic has two points to consolidate this lead - which he does as the Anderson forehand misses again on the run.
14:09 15 Jul

Anderson 0-1 Djokovic* - Djokovic breaks to open

Anderson serving to open ...

An 11-shot rally to begin ends with Djokovic pushing long - the type of point (and error) one wouldn't necessarily expect to see too much from this afternoon.

Djokovic gets his first look at a second serve, however, and manages to push Anderson wide to the forehand for an error. 

Anderson looks to be moving a bit stiffly - but he carves his way into the net for a deft backhand volley for 30-15, and this looks like a confident start from the South African.

The second serve again gets him into trouble, though, and he misses a backhand down the line wide for 30-30.

And that's a real unforced error - a forehand long down the middle of the court for 30-40. And a double fault. Worst possible start for Anderson.
14:00 15 Jul

The walk of fame

Ah, the famous walk from the locker room to Centre Court with a camera in your face.

Djokovic looks around him as he's applauded on to the court, with a smile, drinking it in. 
13:57 15 Jul

Marathon men

Let's not forget that Anderson and Djokovic reached this final by playing the two longest men's semifinals in Wimbledon history. 

Anderson at least got a day off, but he's spent about six hours longer on court than Djokovic to make it to this final. 

Djokovic is playing for the third day in a row, and spending two days trying to beat Rafael Nadal is about the most physically and emotionally gruelling task possible.

Djokovic:

'Kevin also had quite a few hours on the court in the last couple matches. But he had a day off, which is quite necessary at this stage. I wish I can have a day. But it is what it is. I'll just have to accept the circumstances and try to recover as best as I can.'

Anderson:

'The legs are pretty jelly-like. Ideally I'd like to get out and hit for maybe 30 minutes [on Saturday], just to try to keep the same sort of routines that we've been having. But I've never played a match this long, so it will be something. We'll have to see how things go.'
13:49 15 Jul

The head-to-head

Good news for Kevin Anderson - he has beaten Djokovic before.

Bad news: That was in their very first meeting all the way back in 2008. Since then, Djokovic is 5-0 - although Anderson did push Djokovic to five sets in an extremely hard-fought fourth-round encounter at Wimbledon in 2015. 

Anderson is certainly playing better than he was in 2015. Is Djokovic?

(head-to-head detail via ATPWorldTour.com)
13:40 15 Jul

Back against the wall

Superb stat from the BBC - Kevin Anderson has had to serve to stay in the match a total of 37 times across the Federer and Isner matches. 

His ability to keep producing his best tennis under the biggest pressure has been extraordinary. What can he do against surely the best returner in men's tennis?
13:29 15 Jul

Pre-match reading

We haven't had quite as long a time to dig into every aspect of this final as we usually would, thanks to the line-up only being set yesterday after the two-part semifinal between Nadal and Djokovic. 



We've also taken a look back at Novak Djokovic's 12 previous Grand Slam wins - will he make it a precious 13 today?
13:19 15 Jul

A nation expects

And I'm not talking about Great Britain for once. 

No South African man has ever won the men's singles title at Wimbledon - and not since Brian Norton in 1921 has a South African man reached the final. (Kevin Curran played Boris Becker in 1985 but had become an American citizen a few months earlier).

Family in South Africa tell me that it's very big news over there and people have been glued to their TV screens, and it's being shown in pubs and restaurants - would be even bigger news without that other final that's coming up later, but still, big stuff.


13:12 15 Jul

Will we see another first-time winner?

Yesterday's ladies' singles final saw Angelique Kerber, already an Australian Open and US Open champion, defeat Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3 to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish.

Kerber is the first German woman to win Wimbledon since Steffi Graf - more importantly, she became just the second woman after Venus Williams to beat Serena Williams in multiple Grand Slam finals, and proved that her annus horribilis of 2017 has only made her stronger.

13:10 15 Jul

A right royal day out, part II

It's not a Wimbledon final until they've shipped in some royals.

Today's dose: The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. They love a bit of tennis. 
13:01 15 Jul

Let's do this thing

Good afternoon and welcome to day 13 of Wimbledon 2018! 

'Thirteen' is supposed to be an unlucky number in many parts of the world, including this one, and we saw some wild results on Friday the 13th a few days ago, including the longest men's semifinal in Wimbledon history and one half of the second-longest. 

But there's one man who's all about the number 13 today and that's Novak Djokovic. A win today would end his two-year drought of major titles, see him capture a fourth Wimbledon and bring his overall Grand Slam haul to an astronomical 13.

Standing in his way? South Africa's Kevin Anderson, who has kept on defying expectations this week with his courageous, determined performances.

I'm Hannah Wilks, aka @newballsplease, and I will once again be with you until someone's hands are holding aloft the trophy ... but whose?


It's the last day of Wimbledon 2018 and all eyes will be on the men's singles final between three-time champion Novak Djokovic and first-time finalist Kevin Anderson, live from the All-England Club from 2pm BST. 

Saturday at Wimbledon saw one smallish shock as Angelique Kerber became the ladies' champion, defeating seven-time winner Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3 to become the first German to win the title since Steffi Graf. Will the men's final see a similar surprise?

Seeking a return to the Grand Slam champions corner, Novak Djokovic goes in search of a fourth Wimbledon crown and 13th major title on Sunday against marathon man Kevin Anderson. Both players are coming off energy-sapping semi-final epics - indeed they were the longest semi-finals in the tournament’s history - but you’ve got to say that Djokovic has the physical advantage heading into this match-up, despite being forced to come back on Saturday to play two more sets before finishing off Rafael Nadal 10-8 in the fifth. Anderson has played back-to-back five-setters - and not just any five-setters at that, saving match point and coming back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in the quarter-finals before prevailing 26-24 in the fifth against John Isner on Friday. The South African has also had injury timeouts.

Djokovic’s performance against Nadal was his best in over two years and this is a golden opportunity for the Serbian to secure a first Grand Slam title since completing the career slam at Roland Garros in 2016.

Anderson has emptied the tank in his last two victories and it would take a level exceeding performance of a lifetime stuff for him to hang with Djokovic for another five sets if need be. Anderson will also see his biggest strength negated for the match-up: his booming serve. Djokovic’s primary strength is his return, and he will get much more balls back into play than Federer or Isner, where he can then neutralise himself in the rallies - and he would be favoured to win the majority of baseline exchanges between the pair. After losing their first encounter back in 2008, Djokovic has won the five in a row, including a five-set clash at Wimbledon in 2015.

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