Novak Djokovic returned to the big time after two years of injury hell as he emerged triumphant in the 2018 edition of Wimbledon. The Serb icon beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson who had a brilliant tournament in his own right in a one-sided final at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Djokovic with this victory will surely get a shot in the arm which he so desperately required. Many believed that the Djoker’s best days were behind him as everyone saw him struggles even against unheralded opponents and he was a non-factor in the big Grand Slam events.
Now that the 2018 edition of the most prestigious tournament is behind us and we have a new Champion, let’s take a look at a few amazing numbers after the Men’s final:
4 – This is the Serb’s fourth triumph at Wimbledon which draws him level with the likes of Reggie Doherty, Rod Laver, and Anthony Wilding. Only 5 men are ahead of him in the pecking order: Bjorn Borg, Laurie Doherty with 5 titles, William Renshaw and Pete Sampras with 7 wins and Roger Federer with 8.
2 – This was Novak Djokovic’s first Grand Slam victory in 2 years. Before Wimbledon, his last triumph at a Grand Slam was at the French Open in 2016 which enabled him to complete a career slam.
1 – This is the first Grand Slam which Nole has won in his 30’s. The Serb is now 31 and with health finally, on his side, he will definitely be a serious contender ahead for the Grand Slams in the coming years.
21 – Was Djokovic’s ranking heading into the tournament. This makes him the lowest ranked player since Gaston Gaudio who was ranked 44th when he won the French Open crown at Roland Garros in 2004.
13 – This was Novak Djokovic’s 13th Grand Slam title making him the fourth most successful male tennis player of all-time overtaking the great Roy Emerson who had won 12 Grand Slam crowns. He now only trails Pete Sampras who has 14 titles and his peers Rafael Nadal who has 17 wins and Roger Federer who leads the way with 20.
16 – No other player outside the ‘Big 4’ has won a Wimbledon title for the past 16 years. The last time someone won at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club was Lleyton Hewitt in 2002.
50 – This is the 50th Grand Slam title which the Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have won between them. From 2003 when Federer won his first Grand Slam, the three icons of tennis have won 50 out of the 61 Grand Slams which have taken place.