In what has been the longest Wimbledon final in history, Novak Djokovic took down Roger Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 after four hours and 55 minutes to lift the fifth Wimbledon crown! The defending champion became the first player in more than 70 years who saved match points in Wimbledon final, prevailing in the first ever deciding tie break in the history of this event to claim the 16th Major title and stay in the hunt with Roger and Rafa in that battle of tennis immortals.
Federer won 15 points more than Novak, dominating with 94 winners and 61 unforced errors while the Serb stayed on 54 winners and 52 mistakes, with the Swiss scoring seven breaks in comparison to three he suffered. That wasn't enough to carry him over the finish line, though, losing both tie breaks and squandering those match points at 8-7 in the decider for one of the toughest defeats of his career.
Djokovic has become the fourth player in the Open era with at least five Wimbledon titles and will remember this one for a long time, giving his 120% to overpower a great rival and cross the finish line first. In the opening set, Novak saved a break point in game two to avoid an early exit, staying in touch with Roger until the tie break and winning it 7-5 after almost an hour when Federer sent a backhand long.
The Swiss was the only player on the court in set number two, dropping only 12 points and securing it with three breaks of serve for a 6-1 and a tremendous momentum ahead of the remaining sets, hitting 30 winners so far and never facing a break point.
Djokovic recovered his shots in set number three, playing on the level terms with the rival and saving a set point at 4-5 with a service winner to survive until the breaker that he won 7-4 after forcing an error from Roger.
The Serb was now two sets to one in front after two hours and 15 minutes despite the fact he was yet to create a break chance, gaining a boost and becoming the favorite to seal the deal in four sets. Eager to give his best and fight until the very last point, Federer picked up his game and broke Novak in games five and seven, forging a big advantage before finally suffering a break that didn't cost him much as he closed the set with a hold at love at 5-4 to set up a decider.
There, Novak had the upper hand in the early stages, wasting three break points in the fourth game before delivering a break with a perfect backhand crosscourt winner for a 4-2 lead, making a huge step towards the finish line.
Out of sudden, Federer broke back in the next game to get back on the level terms and extend the drama, with nothing to separate them in the next 30 minutes. Roger stayed focused while serving to stay in the match three times and landed a forehand crosscourt winner at 7-7 to move in front, serving for the historic ninth Wimbledon in the next game.
Cold as ice, Novak repelled two match points in that game, breaking back after a forehand error from Roger to lock up the result at 8-8 and prolong this outstanding battle towards the most extended encounter at this year's Wimbledon!
More than hour later, Djokovic fended off two break points at 11-11 and this epic battle had to be decided in the tie break at 12-12, the first ever at Wimbledon in singles matches! Just like in the first two tie breaks, Novak had the edge after an early mini-break and grabbed the tie break 7-3 to seal the deal and write history books.