Published: Mon, July 15, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Djokovic Beats Federer, Wins His Fifth Wimbledon Title

Djokovic Beats Federer, Wins His Fifth Wimbledon Title

Djokovic staved off elimination with Federer leading 8-7 in the fifth set, fending off two championship points.

The 32-year-old Serbian won in an unprecedentedly tense match 7-6 (7/5), 1-6, 7-6, (7/4), 4-6, 13-12 (7/3), increasing the number of his Grand Slams to 16.

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.

"It's hard to tell", he said. I'm one of them.

"At the end it actually doesn't matter to some extent".

A year on and at the same stage, Federer worked two more match points in the fifth, this time on his own serve. I have to be happy with my performance.

There was another break, too, before Djokovic belatedly brought his trademark return, losing a 35-stroke rally in his first opening on the Federer serve of the entire match - close to three hours in - but taking the next opportunity. "Because if you like look at my day-to-day routine and how much I train and how much I put in, it's zero compared to him.' Djokovic has gone on record this year to say he has been surprised by Kyrgios" sentiments towards him and that he 'respects" every player on the tour.

"My first reason is because I really enjoy it".

Federer and Nadal hadn't played since then at Wimbledon until their semifinal Friday.

"It's been different since, naturally because the chase is in a different place". But you take it on your chin, you move on.

"This is like at school - on the day of the test you're not going to read, I don't know, how many books that day. You can't protect everything anyway".

Novak Djokovic called his Wimbledon final victory over Roger Federer "the most mentally demanding match of his career" after finding a way to overcome his opponent and a Centre Court crowd that was overwhelmingly against him.

"This was if not the most exciting and most thrilling final I was ever part of, then definitely top two or three against one of the greatest of all time", said the jubilant world No.1.

"It's about trying to win Wimbledon, trying to have good runs here, playing in front of such an fantastic crowd in this Centre Court against players like Novak and so forth".

"I've played with Roger in some epic finals here a couple years in a row, so I know what to expect. The stars are aligned right now", said Federer.

"This one is more straightforward maybe in some ways because we didn't have the rain delays, the night coming in and all that stuff", he said.

"He inspires me for sure".

"I am looking to make history in this sport", Djokovic said.

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