Djokovic beats Anderson in straight sets for fourth Wimbledon crown

After a pair of epic semifinals, the men's final went by in a relative flash on Sunday as Novak Djokovic held on to beat eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3) for his fourth Wimbledon title at the All England Club.

It's the Serb star's 13th Grand Slam title in 22 career finals.

Coming off a five-set semifinal win against top-ranked Rafael Nadal that lasted more than five hours and spilled into Saturday, the No. 12 seed Djokovic had plenty left in the tank against Anderson.

Anderson double-faulted on break point of his first service game and Djokovic took advantage by jumping out to a 5-1 lead.

Anderson received treatment for an apparent right arm injury after the set.

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Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after beating South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 in their men's singles final match on the thirteenth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 15, 2018. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic with the trophy after winning the Gentlemen's Singles Final against Kevin Anderson on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Nigel French/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the trophy on the balcony of Centre Court after winning 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 on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic (SRB) with the trophy after winning his match against Kevin Anderson (RSA) in the Final of the Gentlemen's Singles at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the trophy after winning 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 on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the Gentlemen's singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Nigel French/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the trophy after winning 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 on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic (SRB) with the trophy after winning his match against Kevin Anderson (RSA) in the Final of the Gentlemen's Singles at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates beating Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the Men's Singles Final on day thirteeen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after beating South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 in their men's singles final match on the thirteenth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 15, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia lifts the trophy on the balcony of Centre Court after winning 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 on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after beating South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 in their men's singles final match on the thirteenth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 15, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the trophy after winning 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 on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia waves to his players' box as he holds the trophy whilst celebrating after winning 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 on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the trophy after winning 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 on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the winners the trophy after beating South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 in their men's singles final match on the thirteenth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 15, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory over Kevin Anderson of South Africa after the Men's Singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory over Kevin Anderson of South Africa after the Men's Singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory over Kevin Anderson of South Africa after the Men's Singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic holds up the winners trophy after beating South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 in their men's singles final match on the thirteenth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 15, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Jelena Djokovic, wife of Novak Djokovic of Serbia, celebrates in the players' box after her husband won the Men's Singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory over Kevin Anderson of South Africa after the Men's Singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
South Africa's Kevin Anderson returns to Serbia's Novak Djokovic in their men's singles final match on the thirteenth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 15, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory over Kevin Anderson of South Africa after the Men's Singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic serves to South Africa's Kevin Anderson in their men's singles final match on the thirteenth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 15, 2018. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia lifts the trophy after winning 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 on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia lifts the trophy after winning 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 on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic gestures to the crowd while playing South Africa's Kevin Anderson in their men's singles final match on the thirteenth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 15, 2018. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Kevin Anderson of South Africa walk with their trophies after the Men's Singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Kevin Anderson of South Africa walk with their trophies after the Men's Singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
South Africa's Kevin Anderson returns to Serbia's Novak Djokovic in their men's singles final match on the thirteenth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 15, 2018. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic smiles as he plays South Africa's Kevin Anderson in their men's singles final match on the thirteenth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 15, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates winning a game against South Africa's Kevin Anderson in their men's singles final match on the thirteenth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 15, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory over Kevin Anderson of South Africa after the Men's Singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds the trophy after winning 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 on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts while playing South Africa's Kevin Anderson in their men's singles final match on the thirteenth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 15, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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Djokovic also broke Anderson in his first service of the second set to maintain his momentum.

Anderson turned the tide in the third set, going toe-to-toe with Djokovic through 11 games. But he had to settle for a tiebreaker after failing to convert multiple break opportunities while up 6-5.

Djokovic then rediscovered his form in the tiebreaker, quickly jumping ahead 5-1 before sending a volley wide to give Anderson some hope. Anderson managed to make it 3-6 before firing a return in to the net to give Djokovic the title.

Anderson was coming off an even longer outing, the South African outlasting ninth-seeded American John Isner in a match that lasted six hours, 36 minutes and featured 50 games in the fifth set.

The length of their match is what forced Nadal-Djokovic to be suspended on Friday, that second semifinal starting too late to finish before curfew.

It's the second career Grand Slam final for Anderson, who was also runner-up to Nadal at the 2017 US Open.

Djokovic improves to 6-1 lifetime against Anderson with the victory.

--Field Level Media

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