Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in an epic five-set final to clinch his second Wimbledon crown.
Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 in an intense final at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club to clinch his seventh grand slam title.
Djokovic has now reclaimed the number one world ranking, while Federer – despite not being able to add to his seven Wimbledon titles – climbed to number three in the world.
After losing in last year’s final in straight sets to Andy Murray, Djokovic etches his name on the Wimbledon trophy for a second time, following his 2011 triumph.
The match has already been touted as one of the greatest Wimbledon finals of all time, with both players displaying their best tennis for almost four hours.
The first set was a tense affair, with neither player dropping serve, forcing the match into a tie-breaker, which Federer won 9-7.
After missing two set points in the opening set, Djokovic bounced back in the second, breaking the Swiss Maestro early, before taking the set 6-4 to tie the match up.
The third set went to a tie-breaker aswell, and although Federer fought back from two points down to make it 4-4, the 27-year-old Serbian remained composed to win three consecutive points to take a 2-1 lead.
Djokovic came out firing in the fourth set and looked destined to wrap the match up, breaking Federer twice to lead 5-2, giving himself the chance to serve out the match.
But the 17-time grand slam winner showed why he is considered the greatest tennis player of all time by winning five consecutive games and saving a championship point, forcing the match into a decider.
All momentum looked to be with Federer in the fifth set, but Djokovic was able to grind out points on serve to avoid being broken.
With Djokovic leading 5-4, Federer faced the task of having to serve to stay alive, but after making two unforced errors, Djokovic smelled blood and this time around he made no mistake in wrapping up the win.
Djokovic – relieved to end a streak of three consecutive grand slam final losses – said it was the greatest final he has ever been a part of.
“Firstly I want to congratulate Roger, he’s a magnificent champion. He’s a role model…I respect your career, thank you for letting me win today,” Djokovic said.
“In important moments he comes out with his best shots, it wasn’t easy to regroup after the fourth.
“I don’t know how I managed to do it, this is the best tournament in the world. To be able to compete at such a high level, I’m so grateful.”
Djokovic also went on to dedicate the win to his wife-to-be Jelena Ristic and their unborn baby, as well as his first coach Jelena Genčić, who died last year.
Petra Kvitová clinched her second Wimbledon crown, cruising past Canadian young gun Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 in the final.
The Czech 24-year-old put on an almost flawless display, and the most telling factor was her 28 winners, compared to Bouchard’s eight.
Kvitová climbs two spots in the WTA rankings, taking fourth position, while Bouchard jumped from 13th to seventh to break into the top 10 at just 20 years of age.
Kvitová spoke about adding a second Wimbledon title to her 2011 success.
“Definitely was one of the best matches that I played. I knew that I could play well on the grass, but I really played so well today,” Kvitová said.
“The centre court is always great to play on; I feel really like at home. I was really up and down after my title here in 2011.
“I still worked hard, believed in myself. My team believed in me as well. We did a good job and I’m just glad I have it for a second time.’’
In the doubles’ divisions, Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil clinched their first doubles title, defeating the Bryan Brothers in a thrilling five-set match.
Italians Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani became just the fifth women’s pairing to win a career grand slam, winning 6-1, 6-3 against Tímea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic to add a Wimbledon title to their French Open, US Open and two Australian Open wins.
Australian number one Samantha Stosur won her second mixed doubles crown at Wimbledon, teaming up with Nenad Zimonjić to beat Max Mirnyi and Hao-Ching Chan 6-4, 6-2 in the final.
Written by Marco Balsamo