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WATCH - Djokovic is the Wimbledon king once more

SportBy Kevin Palmer
Djokovic still seeking acclaim despite his brilliance
Djokovic still seeking acclaim despite his brilliance

In the end, the best player in the world confirmed that he is untouchable on Wimbledon's Centre Court - but he still caves the adulation his beaten opponent Roger Federer has long since been used to.

Djokovic may be the king of tennis, but the adulation his brilliance merits has yet to come his way and his ninth Grand Slam victory came amid a now familiar plot line against the iconic 17-time major winner Federer.

For whatever reason, many tennis fans struggle to warm Djokovic in the way they do towards Federer and his great rival Rafael Nadal, and once again,it was the loser who was the hero of the hour despite his second successive defeat in a Wimbledon final to the same majestic opponent.

"I am used to playing in finals when Roger is the favourite and I don't mind it," insisted Djokovic in a humble post match press conference.

"This guy is the greatest tennis player of all time and I have to just keep trying to come back and win here and maybe one day the majority of the crowd will be on my side."

Quite simply, Djokovic was sensation in his 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win, with the perfect tennis he produced too much for Federer as he was beaten for a second year by the Serb in the Wimbledon final.

After his five set win last year, this was even more comfortable and while he had a wobble at the end of the second set tie-break to hand the Swiss a glimpse of a route back into the game, the truth was he had far too much for Federer.

As he lifted the trophy for a third time, Djokovic became the first man to retain the Wimbledon title since Roger Federer did so in 2007 and he also equaled the total of Wimbledon wins secured by his celebrated coach Boris Becker.

"I knew coming on the court Roger is going to play like he always play, at his best when it matters the most. He makes you work hard every single point," said Djokovic.

"You work hard all your life, every day. You envisage yourself being on the Centre Court, holding this trophy. It's a very thrilling feeling."

Federer vowed to return to try and win Wimbledon again, as he paid tribute to Djokovic.

"Well done Novak. That is sport, we don't know the outcome. I had my chances in the first set. I got lucky to win the second, had chances in the third," he said.

"He was better on the bigger points. He was rock solid, I didn't play badly myself. That's how it goes.

"I work very hard, so do the other guys, I have a great team behind me. Without them it would not be possible. I am still very hungry and motivated. A privilege to play here, again. I would have loved to win but Novak was very good."