Novak Djokovic spared two title focuses in Wimbledon’s longest singles last to hold his title in an exciting success over Roger Federer.
On a Center Court, with an air that felt on occasion more much the same as football than tennis, Djokovic won 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3).
As the clock ticked to four hours 57 minutes, Federer hit a ball high to hand the Serb triumph.
The world number one has won 16 Grand Slams – and four of the last five.
“It’s very incredible,” Djokovic said subsequent to winning his fifth Wimbledon title.
Federer, who at 37 was pursuing a record-equalling ninth Wimbledon singles title, included: “It was an incredible match, it was long, it had everything. Novak, congrats, man, that was insane.”