Wimbledon 2018: Men's Final Winner, Score and Twitter Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2018

Serbia's Novak Djokovic holds the trophy after winning the men's singles final match against Kevin Anderson of South Africa, at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Sunday July 15, 2018.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

The drought is over.

Novak Djokovic defeated Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon on Sunday, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), winning his first Grand Slam title since the 2016 French Open. It was Djokovic's fourth Wimbledon triumph and the 13th Grand Slam title of his career.

ESPN @espn

The point that gave Novak Djokovic his 4th @Wimbledon title and 13th major title overall. https://t.co/D0cd5qD1uk

Jon Wertheim @jon_wertheim

Like one of those coiled, canned novelty snakes, Djokovic has popped out in a big way...Major No. 13. These tennis plots, they turn fast.... #wimbledon

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg

The lesson of tennis this decade? Never, ever, count the greats out. #Federer #Nadal #Serena #Venus #Djokovic #Wimbledon

The tournament remains the domain of the elite, and Djokovic kept himself in that company on Sunday:

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Djokovic adds to 16 years of @Wimbledon dominance. #SCFacts https://t.co/PkYEaWV25c

Nick Zaccardi @nzaccardi

Age when winning 13th Grand Slam Djokovic: 31 years, 1 month Sampras: 28 years, 10 months Nadal: 27 years, 3 months Federer: 27 years, 1 month

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Novak Djokovic joins Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, and Bjorn Borg as the only men in the Open Era to win Wimbledon 4 or more times. https://t.co/FqvjigQkPA

Outside of Anderson's surge in the third set, Djokovic largely dominated. He won 76 percent of his first-serve points, was perfect on break points (4-of-4), hit 20 winners and had just 13 unforced errors, per Wimbledon.com. While Anderson's power was on display—he hit 10 aces and 26 winners—he also struggled with consistency, totaling 32 unforced errors. 

Anderson can perhaps be forgiven for not quite being crisp on Sunday. He battled through a tender right elbow, per Kevin Mitchell of the Guardian, and was also coming off a semifinal marathon against John Isner that lasted six and a half hours. 

Wimbledon @Wimbledon

"I'd have given another 21 hours to have the opportunity to play out here - it really meant a lot to me" Touching words from our 2018 runner-up Kevin Anderson 👏 #Wimbledon https://t.co/5XEPdItiQq

Djokovic, meanwhile, has had his own battles, though perhaps of a different nature. The former World No. 1 had fallen to No. 21 in the rankings before the match, though the victory will propel him back into the top 10. But there were questions as to whether his best days were behind him, questions he perhaps answered on Sunday. 

Jason Gay @jasongay

"I had to really trust the process" - Novak Djokovic cc: @JoelEmbiid

Wimbledon @Wimbledon

"For the first time in my life, I have someone screaming daddy, daddy!" A 13th Grand Slam title for @DjokerNole, but this one will hold a special place in his heart 👪 #Wimbledon https://t.co/sQRClwWT0i

And Djokovic's path to the final was no cakewalk. While the draw was largely favorable for the Djoker, he needed a grueling five-set, two-day, instant-classic victory over Rafael Nadal in the semifinals to even reach Sunday. It was the match of the tournament, a clash of titans, and the men's draw at Wimbledon 2018 will surely be remembered for its semifinals.

Sunday's final was far more anticlimactic. Djokovic ensured that with a dominant performance in the first two sets. Anderson deserves credit for fighting back in the third, but Djokovic was simply too good.

Roger Federer has proven that a superstar can still perform at the highest level in the final act of his career. Djokovic showed on Sunday that he has no plans of becoming irrelevant anytime soon, either.