Djokovic and Federer play the first men’s singles 12-12 deciding set tie-break at The Championships.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic captured his fifth crown at The Championships, Wimbledon, on Sunday with an exciting 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(4), 4-6, 13-12(3) triumph over second seed Roger Federer, the eight-time previous titlist from Switzerland, in four hours and 55 minutes on Center Court. Federer had two championship points at 8-7, 40/15 on serve, in the fifth set that lasted one hour and 50 minutes.
It was the third real championship match that Djokovic saved two match points to beat Federer (also 2010 US Open semi-finals and 2011 US Open semi-finals). It was the first run through since the 1948 Wimbledon last — American Robert Falkenburg beat John Bromwich of Australia 7-5 0 6-2 3-6 7-5, in the wake of being three match points down — that a player had been made points down and won.
The 33-year-old Serbian, who saved one set point at 4-5 in the third set with a service victor in transit to expanding his FedEx ATP Head2Head record to 26-22 against Federer, has now won 16 Grand Slam singles championship trophies, with just Rafael Nadal (18) and Federer (20) in front of him in the unsurpassed title leaders list.
Federer made a great deal of the early running, aggressive on his backhand return and using his slice to drive Djokovic to hit up and go to the net. In the first significant open door in the last, the Serbian recouped from 0/30 at 4-5, with two strong serves and a backhand victor down the line.
Djokovic’s intensity dropped, and Federer went through the first 4 games of the 2nd set — Djokovic 1st over-hitting a forehand wide in the opening match and Federer striking through a forehand to win the third game.
Djokovic got through a fascinating 15 minutes unscathed, demonstrating to be switched on toward the start of the third set. Federer’s variety in-service placement kept Djokovic guessing, however, the world’s best returner started to zone in &, at 4-4, he won 2 of the first 3 points.
Federer, as he usually did against Nadal in the semi-finals on Friday, started to assault anything shorty to rush Djokovic, who lost his serve at 2-2 when the Serbian snared a backhand wide.
Djokovic started to draw in with his group and the Center Court swarm, however, couldn’t change over three break point opportunities at 2-2 in the fifth set – the first by hitting a backhand return long off a Federer second serve.
A volley blunder by Federer on the third purpose of the tie-break gave Djokovic the first favorable position, and he held his nerve to join Sweden’s Bjorn Borg and Great Britain’s Laurence Doherty as a five-time Wimbledon champion.