Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in what was a match for the ages, by 7-6 1-6 7-6 4-6 13-12 on Sunday to lift his fifth Wimbledon title.
The eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and the reigning champion Novak Djokovic went toe-to-toe for around five hours in The Championships Men’s Singles final at Centre Court on Sunday. After failing to break serve, the first set went into tiebreaks which were won by Djokovic 7-5 in the tiebreak. Federer dominated the second set breaking Djokovic thrice, but the Serbian made a comeback again through tiebreaks in the third one. After another set won by Federer, the match went into the fifth set which went for nearly one-and-a-half-hours, where Novak Djokovic saved two match points in a game. He went on to win the Championship through tiebreak when the players were tied on 12-12, to win it by 7-3.
The top seed was 3-1 up, then Federer inched to 5-3 before Djokovic swept the next four points. At 58 minutes, it was two minutes longer than the women’s final on Saturday.
Djokovic, however, then went off the boil, losing his footing as he was broken in the first game of the second set.
Federer broke twice again and after just 25 more minutes the final was all-square with Djokovic managing just two winners in the set.
Federer was comfortably on top in the third set, flashing winners from all parts of the court but was unable to convert a set point in the 10th game.
Djokovic made him pay. Despite not managing a single break point in the match, he pounced again in the tiebreak to reclaim the lead. Federer wasn’t finished. Back came the veteran with a double break for 5-2.
Djokovic then carved out his first break points of the match in the eighth game. The first was saved after a breathtaking 35-shot rally before the Serb finally broke for the first time. It was too little, too late, however, as Federer deservedly leveled the final.
This was Novak Djokovic’s fifth Wimbledon title, winning it back-to-back. It was also his 16th Grand Slam title.