Published: Mon, July 15, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Watch Novak Djokovic Beat Roger Federer In Historic Wimbledon Final

Watch Novak Djokovic Beat Roger Federer In Historic Wimbledon Final

Djokovic retained his Wimbledon title by fighting off two championship points before beating Federer with a record four hours 57 minutes on the clock.

Novak Djokovic retained his Wimbledon title on Sunday with an excellent display in a gruelling encounter against Roger Federer, winning 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12. After the Spaniard won the second set, the crowd cheered and Djokovic sarcastically gestured for fans to throw even more support behind the underdog.

"That was one thing that I promised myself coming on to the court today, that I needed to stay calm and composed, because I knew that the atmosphere will be as it was". After Djokovic broke Federer's serve, the Swiss only replied in kind.

He was probably hungry after the long match, which was just 3 minutes short of 5 hours.

A sensational backhand slice set Federer en route to another break to take an improbably straightforward set, although Djokovic dug in at the start of the third.

Djokovic equalled the record of Bjorn Borg of winning five Wimbledon titles, and won the title back-to-back for the first time after Roger Federer.

Djokovic commended his opponent, saying "I think that if this is not the most exciting final then it's definitely in the top two or three of my career against one of the greatest players of all time, Roger, who I respect".

The win gave Djokovic his fifth title at the British Club and 16th Grand Slam overall.

The top-seeded Djokovic moved 6-3 ahead and, after the final point had to be replayed following a Hawkeye challenge, he was able to celebrate a 16th Grand Slam title when a tired Federer ballooned a forehand off the frame of his racket.

"Unfortunately one player has to lose and we both had our chances". "I just tried to fight and find a way when it mattered the most, which is what happened".

With the set tied at 12-12, an historic first final-set tie-break was required, and Djokovic got the job done.

Djokovic jumped ahead and, for once, Federer had run out of magic as he suffered one of his most heart-breaking defeats. "But you've got to go dig, see what they are", Federer said.

It wasn't until the fourth set that Federer faced so much as one break point, no small accomplishment against Djokovic, considered by many to be the greatest returner of his, or perhaps any, generation.

He then led 5-3 in the tiebreak but a succession of loose strokes allowed Djokovic to snatch it.

The first set lasted almost an hour, alone, and ended after a tie-break, but the second set would easily go to Federer.

Federer regained his momentum by winning the second set with considerable ease, taking it 6-1.

Federer had a set point when Djokovic served at 4-5 but again his failure to convert came back to bite him.

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