Djokovic unceremoniously crushed the South African with consummate ease as the winner of the second-longest semi-final in the tournament's history overcame the winner of the longest.

With both players having endured marathon last-four clashes, it was the Serb who appeared much fresher as he raced into an early lead in the opening set.

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Anderson was simply never in contention in the showpiece match as the eighth seed failed to haul himself back into the first set, mustering just two games.

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From the outset it appeared that Djokovic was brimming with confidence while his opponent cut a weary figure. Unsurprising given he served a staggering 278 times in beating John Isner on Friday.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures during the Men's Singles final against Kevin Anderson of South Africa on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

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The second set was almost a repeat of the first, and it was the same scoreline as Djokovic opened up a commanding lead.

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Anderson put up a stronger resistance in the third and final set and took it to a tie-break, but it was never enough to trouble Djokovic who conceded just three points thereafter.

Novak Djokovic / Wimbledon 2018

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It is a fourth Wimbledon title for the 12th seed and a first Grand Slam triumph since he achieved his French Open dream and 'career Slam' in 2016.

"It feels amazing because for the first time in my life I have someone screaming 'Daddy Daddy'," Djokovic said with son Stefan with his wife Jelena in the players' box.

"This was my first Grand Slam final for a couple of years and there is no better place to make a comeback.

"Congratulations to Kevin, he has had an incredible run."

The 31-year-old will finally now move back into the world's top 10 as a result of his comeback victory - his 69th title at ATP Tour level.

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