Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer To Win 2019 Wimbledon Title
Novak Djokovic has won his fifth Wimbledon title after beating Roger Federer in an all-time classic.
The Serbian won the first and third set 7-6, but Federer pulled back twice to force a tense decider.
Djokovic, who now has 16 Grand Slam singles titles to his name, eventually secured a remarkable 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 12-12 (7-3) win in the longest Wimbledon final in history.
Keeping it :100: at #Wimbledon@DjokerNole & @rogerfederer have hit a combined 100 winners in this final! pic.twitter.com/5qab8McfVt
- ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) July 14, 2019
It was an exhausting victory for Djokovic, who beat Roberto Bautista Agut, David Goffin and Ugo Humbert on his way to the final.
And following the win, he paid tribute to opponent Roger Federer:
"I think this way if not the most exciting or thrilling finals I was ever part of then definitely top two or three," he said.
"He is one of the greatest players of all time and I respect him a lot."
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"Unfortunately in this kind of matches one of us players have to lose. It is quite unreal to be two match points down and to come back.
"It is quite strange to come back and play a tiebreak at 12-12. But I was actually hoping I would get to a tiebreak [in the final set]."
Back in January, the 32-year-old picked up his first Grand Slam of 2019 by claiming the Australian Open after beating Rafael Nadal.
The No.1 seed beat Nadal in straight sets; 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to secure his 15th career Grand Slam title