MUMBAI: Serbian Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title, defeating seven-time winner Roger Federer, 6-7(7) 6-4 7-6(4) 5-7 6-4, in a tightly contested battle on 6 July.
It was a major victory for the world number two who had lost five of his last six Grand Slam finals and his last three in a row. But the 27 year old was pushed all the way by the Swiss who faced a match point in the fourth set before forcing a decider.
Getting down on his knees in celebration, he dedicated his win, first to his fiancé Jelena Ristic and their future baby as he climbed to the players' box.
''I don't know how I managed to do it,'' said a teary Djokovic, who had lost his last three Grand Slam finals.
''I want to dedicate this win to a few people, first of all to my future wife and our future baby. I am going to become a father soon and I am still preparing for that. To my first coach Jelena Gencic, who taught me everything about playing tennis and how to behave. Unfortunately she passed away last year but this is for her.''
This was Djokovic's first Grand Slam title since the passing away of his first coach Gencic, who he described as a second mother. She passed away last June at the age of 76.
Known to wear his heart on his sleeve, he had kind words for his opponent who was denied a record eighth Wimbledon title.
"I want to congratulate Roger for great tournament and a great fight. It was great match to be part of," Djokovic added.
"Roger I respect your career and everything you have done and thank you for letting me win today!"
Djokovic recalled that the Wimbledon was very special to him as it was the first tennis match he had ever seen "The first tennis match I ever saw was Wimbledon when I was five. It is the best tournament in the world and the one I always dreamed of winning."