Novak Djokovic Defeats Roger Federer in Record-Breaking Wimbledon Match

Novak Djokovic during a practice session ahead of the men's singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club Wimbledon

It was obvious to anyone watching the men's Wimbledon final on Sunday to notice that the crowd leaned heavily in favor of eight-time champion Roger Federer over his opponent Novak Djokovic.

The defending champ Djokovic beat Federer in the first All England Club final to be decided by a tiebreaker, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3).

This year's Wimbledon Final was the longest ever, going a whopping five hours and surpassing the length of the Final Federer won over Andy Roddick in 2009.

Federer, who has lost his last five meetings with Djokovic in Grand Slams, last beating the Serbian at Wimbledon in 2012, said he had not felt the match had slipped from him when he failed to take the match points.

Novak Djokovic has vowed to convince fans that he is not public enemy number one even if he surpasses people's champion Roger Federer as the greatest Grand Slam title victor of all time. I had answers so did he and we played some great tennis.

Djokovic has increased his Grand Slam titles to 16, which also includes seven from Australian Open, one from Roland Garros and three from U.S. Open.

"Unfortunately in these kind of matches, one of the players have to lose", Djokovic said after becoming the first player since Bob Falkenburg in 1948 to win Wimbledon after being down championship points. "Novak, congratulations, man, that was insane", Federer said. I had the most physically demanding match against Nadal in the finals of Australia that went nearly six hours.

Djokovic moved to 26-22 (10-6 in Grand Slams) lifetime against Federer, of Switzerland.

"I thought I could have played better. They'd rather take that golden thing", the 12-times finalist said after collecting a fourth runners-up trophy.

Djokovic, meanwhile, revealed that he had come up with a novel way for dealing with the overwhelmingly pro-Federer crowd. "When you don't, then you have to find it within, I guess", Novak Djokovic added. Centre Court exploded into more cheers after some 36-minutes later when Federer picked up a volley off his shoelaces to set up a set point.

A forehand mistake cost Federer his first match point and then he watched aghast as Djokovic whipped a forehand victor across him as he closed in on the net.

"You have to keep reminding yourself that you're there for a reason and that you are better than the other guy", Djokovic said, when asked how he had pulled victory out of the fire.

"That's what I play for".



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