Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Novak Djokovic's five Wimbledon titles

Novak Djokovic's five Wimbledon titles

Novak Djokovic outlasted Roger Federer in an epic five-set match Sunday, winning the first fifth-set tiebreaker in a Wimbledon's men's final to repeat as the men's champion for the second time and win his fifth title at the All England Club.

Winning all three tiebreaks was the key for Djokovic in the 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3) victory.

For the first time this year, Wimbledon will have tiebreakers in deciding sets if the score reaches 12-12.

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has not so subtly thrown his support behind Roger Federer ahead of the highly anticipated men's Wimbledon final and in doing so spectacularly spurned his opponent Novak Djokovic in trademark fashion.

Djokovic is playing in his 25th Grand Slam final while Federer has played six more.

The 2019 Wimbledon edition, saw Djokovic back in the final, where he faced Roger Federer, the game went to five sets, with the odds in Novak's favor since the United States women's national team became World Cup champion in France a week before.

This was the longest final at Wimbledon ever, lasting 4 hours and 57 minutes, AFP reported.

More importantly, the Serb beat Federer in the final here in 2014 and 2015.

He sent a forehand wide on the first championship point, and Djokovic produced a cross-court forehand victor on the next.

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She added: "Well, I had nerves, my stomach was not very well before the match, but I knew there was to time for emotions". To do so, she'll have to get past a fellow former world No. 1 who's in peak condition, both physically and mentally.

"With Federer, we all know how good he is anywhere, but especially here".

After playing almost five hours of tennis to win his fifth Wimbledon title, Novak Djokovic had to be hungry.

Djokovic looked stunned after Federer shanked a forehand on the last point, sending the ball skyward.

"I'm exhausted. It was tough at the end".

"Roger hopes that he can give other people belief they can do it at 37 - I'm one of them", said the Serbian. With William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looking on from the Royal Box, Federer carved out the only break point of the opening set.

He saved the two match points on Federer's serve at 8-7 after initially holding a 4-2 lead in the fifth.

Plus, Djokovic has won their four most recent showdowns.

Nobody's had more success at Wimbledon than Federer, and that reputation will be put to the test when he faces Djokovic on Sunday.

The Serb has also held serve 10% more often at 90% to Federer's 80%, so it's largely the disparity on second serve points won that has tipped the balance in Djokovic's favour in this career series lately.

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