This five-set thriller had it all and showed what's so great about sport
SERBIAN tennis ace Novak Djokovic summed it up best when he declared his latest Wimbledon victory as the best grand slam win of his career.
For those who call tennis as just being tippety, tap, tippety, tap, then footage of the 2014 Wimbledon final between Djokovic and Swiss legend Roger Federer may just sway those views.
This contest between Djokovic and Federer was not just all about brute force.
There were sublime drop-shots, incredibly accurate serves, and stunning volleys .
This five-set thriller had it all and showed what's so great about sport.
Never knowing what will happen draws thousands to the court and millions more to tune into the telecast match after match, year after year.
Not just to tennis, but sports of all sorts.
Leading two sets to one and holding a match point in the fourth, Djokovic was on the cusp of victory.
Federer showed the mental toughness and skilll that has netted 17 slams, including seven at Wimbledon, by fighting back to win the fourth set.
Momentum was suddenly back with Federer, who had won the first set, before Djokovic started smashing winners from the baseline.
Over the years I have watched many Wimbledon finals and marvelled at Federer's play to capture the trophy seven times.
In the early hours of Monday morning it looked like he would rule centre court at Wimbledon once again.
But it was not to be as Djokovic won the fifth and final set, 6-4, and duly celebrated a remarkable victory.
In doing so Djokovic regained the world No.1 ranking and netted a seventh slam.
A four-time Australian Open champion, dual Wimbledon titleholder, and one US Open title, Djokovic has all the court-craft to add to the tally.
Novak's support team includes Boris Becker as a coach.
Although Novak has overtaken him in terms of grand slam victories, Becker holds a record that's unlikely to be beaten.
At just 17, Becker won the Wimbledon final in 1985.
Yours truly was a year 12 student at Bendigo Senior Secondary College, but still found time to watch most of Becker's incredible run to win the most cherished prize in tennis.
The epic battle between Djokovic and Federer capped another remarkable fortnight of tennis-watching.
Canberra's Nick Kyrgios showed he could be the next "big thing" as his run to the quarter-finals included beating Rafael Nadal.
The victory by Petra Kvitova in the women's final was one of the most complete performances I have seen in any tennis match.
Kvitova's play brought back memories of the years when Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf reigned supreme.
Wimbledon, there's no tennis tournament quite like it.