Wimbledon 2014: A relieved Novak Djokovic pays tribute to Roger Federer

Last Updated: 07/07/14 10:16am

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Djokovic describes Wimbledon win as the highlight of his career

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Novak Djokovic had some typically respectful words for Roger Federer after denying the Swiss veteran a record eighth Wimbledon title.

The 27-year-old Serb secured his seventh grand slam title in a tense five-set battle, prevailing 6-7 (7/9) 6-4 7-6 (7/4) 5-7 6-4.

But Djokovic admitted he feared the match might slip away after failing to convert a match point in the
fourth set.

"Congratulations to Roger, he proved what a great champion he is once again here this year," said Djokovic.

"I respect your career and everything you've done Roger - thank you for letting me win today!

"After dropping a fourth set it wasn't easy to regroup. I tried to compose myself and find the necessary energy to win the fifth. I don't know how I managed to do it.

"After dropping a fourth set it wasn't easy to regroup. I tried to compose myself and find the necessary energy to win the fifth. I don't know how I managed to do it."
Novak Djokovic

"This is the tournament I always dreamed of winning. This is the best tournament in the world, the most valuable one."

After thanking his family and his camp, Djokovic added: "Last but not least, I would like to dedicate this title to my first coach who taught me all the basics of tennis shots and behaviour and everything I know about tennis - Jelena Gencic - and she passed away last year, and this is for her."

Knelt

Djokovic knelt to the turf to eat some of the famous All England Club grass to greet his victory - just as in 2011.

The Belgrade native lost out in last summer's final to Andy Murray, and admitted it was a thrill to win again.

"The last time I won here was part of a fantastic year, and it's just amazing for it to happen again," he said.

A clearly-deflated Federer remained as gracious as ever in defeat despite failing to claim his 18th grand slam title.

The 32-year-old did however concede he was pleased with his run to the final, especially after his wretched 2013 that was dogged by back injuries.

"He's a great opponent and I would just like to congratulate Novak on his title," said Federer.

"You know going into a match against Novak it's going to be tough, I can only say congratulations.

"I'm certainly delighted to have been able to be back here again in this final."

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