The world of sports reacts to epic Djokovic-Federer Wimbledon final


Novak Djokovic is one set away from a fifth Wimbledon title after winning another tiebreaker against Roger Federer in the men's final.

Novak Djokovic has won his fifth Wimbledon title, beating eight-time champion Roger Federer in a fifth-set tiebreaker after saving two match points.

To reach the final, Federer had to fight past the No. 7 ranked Kei Nishikori as well as No. 2 Rafael Nadal while Djokovic cruised past David Goffin and Roberto Bautista to set up a rematch of 2015's championship match.

Federer, who agonisingly saw his bid of becoming the oldest ever Grand Slam champion, as well as winning a ninth title slip from his fingers, joked at first about being part of another epic final.

Federer was sublime in beating Rafa Nadal in Friday's semi-final, whereas Djokovic was not tested almost so much against Roberto Bautista Agut.

Federer still holds the all-time Grand Slam record of 20 but he said it was not the thing that mattered most to him.

Novak Djokovic described a "quite unreal" victory as he sympathised with opponent Roger Federer following Wimbledon's longest ever final. I thought we played some great tennis.

It was the longest Wimbledon final in the tournament's 142-year history and though it might be early to call it as such, we're confident Djokovic's latest triumph over Federer will be remembered as an instant classic. In the semifinals of the 2010 and 2011 U.S. Opens, Djokovic erased two match points before coming back to win each time.

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Djokovic may hold the head-to-head advantage, but Federer has a little bit more Grand Slam hardware.

Federer will forever rue also blowing the first and third sets in tiebreakers having dominated Djokovic for much of the match with some breathtaking attacking tennis. "Novak, congratulations, man, that was insane".

Federer has also lost all four of their most recent meetings at the Slams. "I think Djokovic is going to feel pressure, that's for sure, but then for Federer it might be his last chance".

Federer also won more points and more games, conjured more break points and delivered nearly three times as many aces as the Serb.

Djokovic's double-fault in the next game helped Federer break back, and the ensuing changeover was filled with a fugue of fans' voices chanting the first names of both.

The over under is set at 41.5 games, which would average out to four sets of 6-4 tennis.

Yesterday, Djokovic warned Federer that he was coming for his records ahead of their final on Sunday.