Novak Djokovic has won his fifth Wimbledon title, beating eight-time champion Roger Federer in a fifth-set tiebreaker after saving two match points. In the third set, when Federer looked as if he'd claim a one-set lead, Djokovic pushed back to force another tiebreak, which he would win as well.
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. But Djokovic is now 3-0 against Federer in finals at the place and 4-0 against him in five-setters anywhere.
That nerve carried him to a 16th Grand Slam title and the way he is playing and with the lack of authentic new challengers he may well go on to eclipse Federer's record of 20 majors.
Bollywood's leading lady Deepika Padukone has joined the long list of high profile celebrities attending today's Wimbledon championship between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. "It is quite unreal to be two match points down to come back and odd to play a tie-break at 12-12".
This was the longest final at Wimbledon ever, lasting 4 hours and 57 minutes, AFP reported.
"It's quite unreal to be down two match points and come back and win".
In their first grand slam meeting in three and a half years, Djokovic struggled with his serve early on - fortunate to see Federer's ferocious forehand squander an opportunity - and could not get his return game going either.
Fed has also struggled to convert break points against Djokovic, with the Swiss taking a mere 23% of his break chances in their last 10 clashes and just 14% in that 2015 Wimbledon final. Congratulations, man. That was insane. Soon enough, the 32-year-old Djokovic had broken back and on they would play.
Federer said there were for sure similarities with his loss to Nadal in 2008 but differences too.
Looking at the bigger picture, there's also this takeaway from Sunday: Nadal's status as Federer's principal nemesis has been well-documented and much-examined over the years - which is a small part of why Friday's semifinal victory for Federer was fraught with meaning.
Djokovic has done this to Federer before.
He is now level with Bjorn Borg as a five-time Wimbledon victor.
Across their six matches at Wimbledon so far this tournament, it's Djokovic with the marginal data edge.
Federer also won more points and more games, conjured more break points and delivered nearly three times as many aces as the Serb.
In the end, Djokovic triumphed, winning 7 points to 3. I don't think there's much I need to do in terms of practice.
Nobody's had more success at Wimbledon than Federer, and that reputation will be put to the test when he faces Djokovic on Sunday.