Novak Djokovic WINS Wimbledon for fourth time beating Kevin Anderson in final
NOVAK DJOKOVIC toppled giant Kevin Anderson to win the Wimbledon title for a fourth time today.
With Prince William and Kate Middleton watching on from the Royal Box, Djokovic put in a performance fit for a King as he took his 13th Grand Slam crown in straight sets.
Djokovic, who won the last of his 12 majors at the 2016 French Open, is now fourth on the list Grand Slam winners - one behind Pete Sampras.
Djokovic pulled off his tradition of eating grass in celebration - then beamed: "The grass tasted really well. I had a double portion this year to treat myself.
"It truly is something different playing in a Wimbeldon final. I've been in this final five times and have won four titles and I'm really proud of it."
Djokovic was cheered on by three-year-old son Stefan on Centre Court, who was allowed in despite rules stating he was too young.
Novak Djokovic was too strong for Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon final
"It feels amazing. For the first time in my life, I have someone screaming 'daddy daddy' as I've done it," Djokovic said.
"He's come in and ruled the roost. He couldn't watch matches live because he was too young but we were hoping if this happens he'd be here to witness it - and there he is.
"I can't be happier. I am emotional for him being there and my whole team.
"I would like to congratulate Kevin because he deserves it. He's had an incredible run with quite a few hours in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.
"He didn't play his best for two sets but in the third he was the better player - I was lucky to get through. Congratulations and I wish you all the best.
"I will repeat Kevin's words - thank you for all of you to support not just us but tennis over the last few weeks.
Kevin Anderson had treatment on his bicep during the Wimbledon final
"It's a pleasure to play in front of you."
For Anderson, competing in his second major final, it was a day to forget.
Usually such a prolific server, the South African was broken four times in the opening two sets as Djokovic stormed into the lead.
Anderson, who has spent 11 hours on court this week, had treatment on his right bicep after the first set and seemed to grow into the match as it wore on.
The 6ft 8ins giant had five set points to take it into a fourth at 5-4 and 6-5 - only to squander them all.
Djokovic then moved up a gear in the tie-break to take a 6-2 6-2 7-6 win in 2hr 18mins.
Prince William and Kate Middleton were watching the Wimbledon final
The Serb's win extended the domination of the big four - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and himself. The quartet have now won 48 of the last 53 major championships.
The beaten finalist said: "For the first two sets Novak beat me up pretty bad.
"I tried my best to keep at it. I have worked hard at it, I came within a point or two to push it to a fourth set.
"He's a true champion of our sport and congratulations to him and his team.
"There's too many people to thank - to my whole team, there's so many people. your support means the world to me.
Kevin Anderson's serve failed to fire early on in the Wimbledon final
"I really want to thank my family, my beautiful wife who is up there, my mum is right next to her and my brother is somewhere in the stands, he doesn't like sitting in the box.
"To my dad, who introduced me to the game, thank you very much.
"I am very confident we can hopefully give myself another opportunity.
"I want to thank the crowd, the support I've had over the last two weeks has been incredible
"Just lastly i want to thank all the amazing support I've had from back home in South Africa."