But it’s also Djokovic’s first since he completed a career Grand Slam at the 2016 French Open. During that time, he struggled with the first major injury of his professional career, one that forced him off the tour for the last half of 2017. He eventually had an operation this February, and as his losses accumulated, his ranking fell out of the top 20 for the first time in more than a decade. At No. 21, Djokovic is the lowest-ranked Wimbledon titlist since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.
Most Grand Slams ever (men):Federer – 20 Nadal – 17 Sampras – 14 Djokovic – 13 pic.twitter.com/f2Mkh7l3Zy — Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) July 15, 2018
Under a pale blue sky interrupted by only the occasional soft white puff of cloud, with the temperature at 86 degrees (30 Celsius), Djokovic started so well, and Anderson shakily. That might have been easy to anticipate beforehand. This was, after all, the 22nd Grand Slam final for Djokovic, and the second for Anderson, a 6-foot-8 powerful server who was the runner-up at last year’s U.S. Open and was aiming to become the first South African man to win at Wimbledon.
.@Wimbledon men’s winners since 2003:Federer – 8 Djokovic -4 Nadal – 2 Murray – 2 Lleyton Hewitt in 2002 was the last man outside the “Big 4” to win Wimbledon. https://t.co/UqCSkq2rtF — Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) July 15, 2018