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Djokovic Wins Epic Wimbledon Final Against Federer

Djokovic Wins Epic Wimbledon Final Against Federer
Serbia's Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy as he celebrates winning the final against Switzerland's Roger Federer. Photo: REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

By Ned Payne |

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic secured his fifth Wimbledon title in extraordinary fashion after surviving two championship points against Switzerland’s Roger Federer before winning a fifth-set tiebreak.

The 32-year-old saw off Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 3-6, 13-12 in one of the greatest men’s singles finals witnessed by the All England Club.

There was little in the first set and, predictably, it went to a tiebreak.

Federer appeared to have control at 5-3 but Djokovic roared back with four points in a row to snatch it away, the set sealed when the Swiss pulled wide a backhand from the baseline.

Federer, an eight-times Wimbledon champion, broke in the first game of the second set as he sought to get himself back in the contest.

Another break put the 37-year-old 3-0 up and he did not look back, increasing to 5-1 his advantage before another error-strewn service game from Djokovic – capped by a double fault – handed his rival the set.

The next saw both players refuse to give an inch, although Federer was a couple of points away from the set at 5-4 up and facing the Djokovic serve.

However, the Serb survived and a second tiebreak was the result.

He blazed into a 5-1 lead and although Federer pulled it back to 5-4, a misjudged backhand slice and a running forehand into the net allowed Djokovic to take the set.

Federer seized the initiative in the fourth with a break at 2-2, following it up with a hold to love.

Another break – sealed by a wayward Djokovic backhand – set up Federer to serve it out, which he needed two attempts at but duly did so, 6-3.

The Swiss survived three break points early in the fifth but could not replicate that in his next service game, Djokovic despatching a backhand to go 4-2 up.

But Federer was not done and pulled it back to 4-4, surviving another stern examination of his serve in the process.

On the match went, to 5-5, 6-6 and then 7-7.

Djokovic was 30-0 up in the 15th game of the set but Federer reeled off four points in a row – capped by a cross-court forehand which sealed the break.

But the five-times US Open champion then agonisingly failed to convert two championship points and the players were back on serve.

The clash went all the way to 12-12 where Djokovic took control in the tiebreak, racing into a 4-1 lead.

And a Federer mis-hit eventually handed the title to Djokovic, who celebrated – unusually – by chewing on the Wimbledon turf.

Meanwhile, the mixed doubles final was a more straightforward affair.

French Open champions Latisha Chan of Chinese Taipei and Croatia’s Ivan Dodig were comfortable 6-2, 6-3 winners over Lativan Jelena Ostapenko and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden.

In the women’s doubles final, Czech Republic’s Barbora Strýcová and Hsieh Su-wei of Chinese Taipei beat Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and China’s Xu Yifan 6-1, 6-4.

Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz.


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