Novak Djokovic won his fifth Wimbledon title and 16th major on Sunday after saving two match points while defeating Roger Federer in the longest Wimbledon Final.
Novak defeated Federer 7-6 (7/5), 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 13-12 (7/3). At 4 hours and 57 minutes, it was the longest Wimbledon final ever played and settled by a final set tiebreak for the first time.
Djokovic’s win meant that the ‘Big Three’ of men’s tennis — himself, Federer and Rafael Nadal — have won the last 11 Slams.
Despite his advancing age and one of the oldest at 37 to compete in a Wimbledon fina, Federer kept Novak on the run for most of the time and came twice withing whispering distance of winning the tournament.
But Novak became the first man in 71 years to win the final from match point down. He is now level with Bjorn Borg as a five-time Wimbledon winner.
“I think that if this is not the most exciting final then definitely it’s in the top two or three of my career against one of the greatest players of all time, Roger, who I respect,” said Djokovic.
“Unfortunately in this type of match someone has to lose. It is quite unreal to be two match points down to come back and strange to play a tie-break at 12-12.”
Djokovic is just four Grand Slam titles shy of the all-time record held by Federer. Novak is 32 and he has five year advantage with Federer.
It was incredibly tough on Federer, chasing a ninth Wimbledon crown, who didn’t face a break point until the eighth game of the fourth set.
He even had two match points in the 16th game of the deciding set which lasted over two hours.
Federer finished with 25 aces and 94 winners to Djokovic 10 aces and 54 winners.