After the monumental drama provided by both men’s semifinals, the two longest in Wimbledon history, the showpiece proved something of an anti-climax as Djokovic ended a two-year Grand Slam title drought.
Anderson, bidding to become the first South African to win the men’s title, had spent 21 hours on court to reach his first Wimbledon final and his tank appeared to be empty in the opening two sets as a clinical Djokovic dominated.
But he forged ahead in the tiebreak and could celebrate a 13th Grand Slam title when Anderson netted a return.
Djokovic, who had suffered a dip in form and fitness in the past two years and was seeded only 12th for the championships, made only 13 unforced errors in the final as he offered more evidence that he is back to his best.
“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.”