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Tennis: Djokovic beats Federer in Wimbledon final

Djokovic said it was difficult to stay focused heading into a deciding set

AP, Sunday 6 Jul 2014
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the winners trophy after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in their men's singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 6, 2014. Djokovic said that he dedicated his win to his former coach who died last year. (Photo: REUTERS)
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Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and denied Roger Federer his record eighth by outlasting the Swiss player in five sets Sunday.

Djokovic wasted a 5-2 lead, and a match point, in the fourth set but held on for a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 Centre Court victory that returned the Serbian player to the No. 1 ranking.

It was Djokovic's seventh Grand Slam title and broke a streak of three consecutive losses in major finals and in five of his past six.

In the last set, Djokovic broke in the final game with the help of four mistakes by Federer to seal the win.

After the players met at the net, Djokovic went to the middle of the court, knelt down and plucked out a piece of grass and ate it, similar to what he did in 2011 when he won his first title here.

Trailing 5-4 in the fourth set, Federer double-faulted to make it 30-30. He then put a backhand into the net to set up a championship point for Djokovic.

The 32-year-old Federer then hit a serve that was ruled out, but he challenged it and the Hawk-Eye replay showed that it hit the line for an ace - one of his 29 in the match. Federer went on to break in the next game before forcing a fifth set.

''I was hoping that Roger was going to miss the first serve, but that didn't happen,'' Djokovic said. "It rarely happens. That's why he has 17 Grand Slams and he's been the most successful player ever, because in important moments, he comes up with his best shots and top game.''

Djokovic said it was difficult to stay focused heading into a deciding set.

''Of course, after dropping a fourth set, it wasn't easy to regroup and compose myself and find that necessary energy to win the fifth,'' Djokovic said. ''I don't know how I managed to do it.''

Federer said it was dramatic match.

''You know going into a match with Novak, it's always going to be tough,'' Federer said. ''It had everything for fans to like, the swing of momentum in the first set, him coming back in the second and third, all the back and forth in the fourth set and all the dramas in the fifth.''

Boris Becker, a three-time Wimbledon champion and Djokovic's coach, paid tribute to both players.

 

''Roger played unbelievable today,'' Becker said. ''It's the best Roger I've seen in years and it could've gone either way in the fifth set. Novak digs deep and finds another way, his sense of not giving up, giving it always another try.''

Djokovic had 27 unforced errors in the match while Federer had 29. Djokovic broke Federer four times while Federer converted three of his seven break points.

There had been only one service break through the first three sets before a string of three straight in the fourth as Djokovic took a 4-2 lead before holding serve again.

Djokovic returns to the top ranking for the first time since last September, taking over from Rafael Nadal, who lost in the fourth round here.

The Serbian player first rose to No. 1 when he won Wimbledon in 2011, although he was already guaranteed of securing the top ranking even before beating Nadal in that final.

Djokovic fell awkwardly in the first game of the second set and called for a trainer immediately after he broke Federer's serve to take a 2-1 lead. The trainer worked on Djokovic's left ankle.

Djokovic again called for the trainer after the third game of the final set to have his right calf worked on.

Federer led 3-0 in the first-set tiebreaker but later had three unforced backhand errors to let Djokovic back into it and had to save a set point when the Serb hit a backhand into the net.

Watching Sunday's final from the Royal Box were Prince William and his wife Kate, David Beckham and actors Bradley Cooper, Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Hemsworth.

A high-level delegation from Egypt's government travelled to United Arab Emirates in the latest effort by the Arab world's most populous country to ensure investments keep flowing from its oil-rich neighbor.

Minister of Finance Hany Kadry Demian, who is accompanied by Investment Minister Ashraf Salman and Petroleum Minister Sherif Ismail, told reporters they would be meeting with high level Emirati officials and business leaders to discuss investment opportunities in Egypt.

The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have donated over $20 billion in aid to help Egypt's ailing economy since the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Dubai-listed construction firm Arabtec agreed last March to build one million houses in a project worth LE280 billion ($40.2 billion) in Egypt.

The current government is aiming to rein-in the budget deficit to 10 percent of GDP in the coming fiscal year, by implementing a spending cut of LE44 billion from its vast state subsidy program for petroleum-derived fuels.

In response to the election of president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah had called for a "donors' conference," for Egypt,  to help it overcome its economic crisis," he said.

Egypt's economy is predicted to have grown by 2 percent in the past fiscal year, while the deficit reached 9.3 percent of GDP in the first 11 months of 2013/2014. 

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