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Djokovic wins Wimbledon tie-break thriller over Federer

Djokovic wins Wimbledon tie-break thriller over Federer Photo: TT
Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic (L) of Serbia and runner-up Roger Federer of Switzerland pose with the trophies after their final

World number one Novak Djokovic has claimed his fifth Wimbledon crown after a thrilling five-set final against Roger Federer on Sunday.

Djokovic edged the 37-year-old Swiss 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3) in the longest singles final in Wimbledon history.

The Serbian saved two championship points to produce a stunning win across almost five hours.

The triumph was Djokovic’s 16th Grand Slam title, moving him within Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (18).

“It’s quite unreal,” Djokovic said. “I was one shot away from losing the match, as well.

“This match had everything. It could have gone easily his way.

“He was serving extremely well, I thought, the entire match. I had a lot of difficulties to read his serve.”

Federer, who turns 38 next month, missed out on a record ninth Wimbledon title.

“It was a great match, it was long, it had everything,” Federer said.

“For now it hurts, and it should, like every loss does here at Wimbledon.

“Epic ending, so close, so many moments.”

Ben somerford
Sports Pundit staff writer
@bensomerford

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