Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final on Sunday. It was Djokovic’s second Wimbledon title and the win makes him No. 1 in the world again, displacing the Spaniard Rafael Nadal.
The 27-year-old Djokovic, who’s from Serbia, now has seven Grand Slam titles, which ties him with John McEnroe and puts him one behind Andre Agassi. But most of Djokovic’s major titles came before 2012. After winning three of the four Grand Slam tournaments — including Wimbledon — in his career-best year, 2011, Djokovic has struggled in the finals of the majors . Going back to the 2012 French Open, he had lost five of the last six Grand Slam finals he appeared in before Sunday’s victory.
At the end of 2013, he hired the former tennis star Boris Becker as his coach to help him change that pattern, and he was clearly relieved after the match, which took nearly four hours. Unlike the women’s final, in which Petra Kvitova beat Eugenie Bouchard in a rout, 6-3, 6-0, both competitors in the men’s final played seemingly as well as they could.