Djokovic defeats Anderson in straight sets to win Wimbledon

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Novak Djokovic has won his fourth Wimbledon title, defeating Kevin Anderson in straight sets.

It is the 13th Grand Slam trophy for the former world No 1 from Serbia, and his first in more than two years after dealing with an injured right elbow that needed surgery.

Djokovic beat Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William with Theresa May in the Royal Box
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The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William with Theresa May in the Royal Box

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in the Royal Box to attend the final, along with Prime Minister Theresa May and a host of celebrities including Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Grant.

Anderson, 32, nearly managed to extend the match – holding five set points to force a fourth.

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Djokovic kisses the trophy after his triumphant win
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Kevin Anderson in action during the men’s singles final at Wimbledon

Djokovic, who is back to his best, held steady and saved all five of those.

Both finalists came into the final after gruelling matches, having won the two longest semi-finals in Wimbledon history.

Anderson won a marathon semi-final lasting six hours and 36 minutes against John Isner on Friday.

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Tom Hiddleston was also in the Royal Box

Djokovic, 31, took five hours and 15 minutes to secure victory over Rafael Nadal, in a match that spanned two days and ended on Saturday.

Anderson has never won a major tournament. This is his second Grand Slam final, after he was the runner-up to Nadal at last year’s US Open.

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Anna Eberstein and Hugh Grant attend the men’s singles final

Djokovic, who was the overwhelming favourite to secure the Wimbledon title, previously thought his best days were behind him when his career took a nose-dive.

“Yes, there were moments of doubt, of frustration, disappointment, where you’re questioning whether you want to keep it going,” he said back in a Slam final for the first time since finishing runner-up at the 2016 US Open.

His troubles began during Wimbledon last year when an elbow injury forced a retirement in his quarter-final and he sat out the rest of 2017.

He was then knocked out of the Australian Open in the last 16 in January.

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