Wimbledon tennis: Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon title in epic final

Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds the winner's trophy after defeating Roger Federer (R) of Switzerland, holding the runner-up's trophy, in their men's singles finals tennis match on Centre Court at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

It takes the world No 1 to within four Slams of Federer's all-time record of 20.

Ultimately, Djokovic's unyielding intensity and athleticism prevailed in the face of Federer's handsome, hypnotic, flowing strokes as the two preternaturally gifted men toyed with their own different forms of perfection on one of the world's greatest sporting stages.

They have played each other 48 times already, with Djokovic holding a 26-22 head-to-head edge.

"It was a great match".

Following a rule change introduced only this year, the final set was the first ever decided in a tiebreaker after games were locked at 12-all.

Djokovic finished the near 5-hour essay, fighting back from match point down, to score a 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3) victory.

"I'm just obviously thrilled and overjoyed with emotions to be sitting here in front of you as a victor".

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After a grueling Wimbledon final, Novak Djokovic savored his win over Roger Federer with a celebratory snack: some grass from the court. "But the one thing that probably allowed me to come back and save match points and win this match was the mental stability in those moments", admitted the champion. It could have gone easily his way.

"I'm just obviously thrilled and overjoyed with emotions to be sitting here in front of you as a victor". It was one shot away from losing the match. "I think this was the most exciting and thrilling final I have ever been part of", he further added.

"Whether I'm going to be able to do it or not, I don't know".

Djokovic has now won his 16th Grand Slam, his fifth Wimbledon title and is now the back-to-back champion at the All-England Club.

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A forehand mistake cost Federer his first match point and then he watched in horror as Djokovic whipped a forehand victor across him as he approached the net.

The fifth set in Novak Djokovic's stunning win over Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final was worth the price of admission alone but while true tennis fans will be forever grateful for witnessing the show of a lifetime, not everyone was feeling the love.

"I didn't become a tennis player for that".

  • Lawrence Cooper