Djokovic wins his fifth Wimbledon men's singles title

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Djokovic completed the career Grand Slam by beating Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in Paris.

The clash between defending champion Djokovic and eight-time victor Roger Federer lived up to its billing in a match that lasted over four hours on Centre Court.

Novak Djokovic saved two match points to beat Roger Federer in the longest ever singles final at Wimbledon at four hours, 57 minutes.

He has time on his side, being a year younger than Nadal and more than five years younger than the legendary Swiss. With Federer mixing up the pace, Djokovic's movement and defensive tennis drew unforced errors from the Swiss, who handed his opponent the first set after failing to land two ambitious winners inside the baseline.

While Roger Federer is looking for his ninth Wimbledon title, Novak Djokovic is looking for his fifth.

"It sounds silly", he conceded, "but it is like that".

Djokovic's double-fault in the next game helped Federer break back, and the ensuing changeover was filled with a fugue of fans' voices chanting the first names of both.

"I mean, it's hard to not be aware. I was hoping to get to the tie break", he said.

Djokovic insists he won't get distracted by the pursuit of Federer's record haul. "Where I wanted to participate, where I wanted to win one day". "I gave it my all and I still feel alight".

When asked if he sees himself still playing at 37, Djokovic said the motivation to be treated with the same respect is strong.

While it was unclear what exactly Djokovic was asking - impossible to hear over the cacophony of boos echoing from the stands - he accepted the umpire's explanation without too much fuss. "The fact that they made history of this sport motivates me as well, inspires me to try to do what they have done, what they've achieved, and even more".

Djokovic has won their past five meetings and holds a 26-22 advantage overall head-to-head, including 10-6 at Grand Slam tournaments and 3-1 at Wimbledon.

The other three have been split between Stan Wawrinka (two) and Andy Murray (one).

It was another display of stunning mental fortitude.

He had also been on the wrong end of the previous longest final, losing to Rafael Nadal in 2008.

"But in the most important moments, all three tiebreaks I guess, I found my best game".

Federer held serve to stay alive seven times in the deciding set but broke the Djokovic serve at 7-7 and served for the title. I had answers so did he and we played some great tennis.

A third Wimbledon final victory over Federer was secured despite again crumbling in the fourth as Djokovic was forced to stave off two championship points in the decider.

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