Novak Djokovic won the longest-ever final at Wimbledon on Sunday, defeating Rogers Federer 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3).
The World Number one has now beaten the Federer in every one of their Wimbledon matches.
The Serb successfully defended the title he won a year ago and added another Grand Slam to the Australia Open he won early this year.
After his victory on Sunday, the Serb has now won his fifth Wimbledon title. He moves level with Björn Borg on the All-England Club honours board, two behind Pete Sampras and three more titles to equal with Federer.
Although Federer outplayed Novak for a large part of the epic showdown, he eventually had the last laugh.
At four hours and 57 minutes, it became the longest Wimbledon final ever and was decided by the last set tiebreak for the first time.
It was unimaginably hard on Federer, who was after a ninth Wimbledon title. He didn’t face a breakpoint until the eighth round of the fourth set.
Djokovic’s victory meant that the trio of Djokovic, Federer, and Nadal have won the last eleven Grand Slam titles.
The World Number one has now won nine of his last eleven encounters against Federer and three of that encounters at the All-England Club.
Federer cut out the only break point of the first set; however, Djokovic saved it, and with serve dominating, the game was settled by the tiebreak.
The Serb was 3-1 up, and after that the Swiss crept to 5-3 and then, Djokovic cleared the following four.
At 58 minutes, it was already two minutes longer than the woman’s final on Saturday, which was won by Romania Simona Halep.
However, Djokovic at that point went totally off the bubble, losing his balance as he was broken in the first game of the second set.
The World Number three was leading in the third set, blazing champs from all sides of the court yet was not able to break a set point in the tenth match.
Djokovic made him pay. In spite of not saving any break point in the match, he lept on in the tiebreak to take the lead once again.
Federer then came back with a double break to lead 5-2.
Djokovic then cut out his first break point of the encounter in the eighth game.
Federer saved three break points in the fourth game; however, a backhand passing shot offered Djokovic the break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead.
Djokovic couldn’t back it up, and Federer had everyone standing to applaud him when he re-established parity in the next game.
With only two points from a defeat, Federer broke for 8-7 but could not serve out for the match.
At 4 hours and 48 minutes, it has matched the time it took Nadal to beat Federer in 2008 epic final.
Eventually, Djokovic won, moving to three championship points and claiming victory when Federer shanked out of the court.