Defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer on Sunday to claim his fifth Wimbledon title (16th Grand Slam) in an enchanting five-set thriller at the All England Club. Settling the summit clash in a historic tie-break, Djokovic outclassed Federer 7-6 (7/5), 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 13-12 (7/3) in the longest ever final. As the mighty Federer was up against the Serbian ace for the 48th time in their rich tennis rivalry, the 2019 final of the Wimbledon was expected to produce a slobber knocker of a contest. Living up to expectations, the clash was indeed a roller coaster of a ride with the reigning champion drawing first blood by winning the opening set on tie-break 7-5.
Despite losing out the first set in the high-octane clash, the Swiss marvel managed to turn things around by forging a 4-1 lead in the second set. Getting level terms with the Djoker, the 37-year-old bagged the second set comprehensively with a 6-1 margin. The game was all square with 2019 final going into the third set tiebreaker. Djokovic then won the third set tiebreak 7-6(4) and took a 2-1 lead to mount more pressure on Federer.
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The Centre Court witnessed vintage Federer in the next set as the Swiss maestro bagged the fourth set 6-4 to level the tie. Making sure the spectators witness another enchanting encounter, Federer took Djokovic to the extremes as the game continued to be a seesaw battle in the fifth set. This was the fifth time the 37-year-old was involved in a five-set thriller at Wimbledon.
Djokovic saved 2 match points
In the first versus second class, the Fed Express was in the quest to become the oldest Grand Slam winner in the modern era of tennis. Blocking the Swiss maestro was the reigning champion, who had managed to emerge victorious in 14 of their last 20 career meetings.
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Though Djokovic continued to push Federer and claimed the first break in the deciding set, Federer retaliated with a swift response of his own by breaking back against Djokovic in the final set. The defending champions then found himself on the receiving end but managed to save two match points in quick succession to return the favour. The game was tied 8-8 in the fifth and final set at that time.
4 hours 57 minutes
With fans enjoying the stretch of play thanks to blockbuster of a final, Federer and Djokovic kept on switching to new rackets in their bid to counter each other in a monumental finale at the All England Club. Despite matching the level of Djokovic throughout the course of the game it was the Swiss craftsmen who started to blink first. Spotting the tired legs of eight-time Wimbledon champion, Djokovic managed to battle past Federer to end the tie in his favour. The 2019 Wimbledon final between Federer and Djokovic was the longest final (4 hours 57 minutes) ever played at the All England Club. The final set was completed in 122 minutes.