In the men’s singles final match of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Novak Djokovic celebrates victory after defeating Roger Federer.
In a striking nearly five-hour match that broke records and experienced new rules, Novak Djokovic win over Roger Federer in the Wimbledon men’s championship on Sunday, shielding his 2018 title.
In Wimbledon history clocking in at four hours and 57 minutes, the match was the lengthiest men’s singles final, and had it not been for a new rule that requires a tie-breaker if both players score 12-12 in the final set, it could have gone even lengthier.
Djokovic won the first set, an alarming sign for Federer, as his challenger is 63-1 in majors when taking the first set.
The pair went to and fro, Djokovic taking the first set, Federer the second, Djokovic the third, and Federer the fourth set. After the 12-12 fifth set, Djokovic took the extraordinary tie-breaker 7-3.
The 32-year-old Serbian won consecutive titles in 2014 and 2015. Now, he’s reiterated the success, guarding his 2018 title to win his fifth Wimbledon championship. Federer, his Swiss adversary, boasts eight Wimbledon championships and would have been the oldest player to take a Grand Slam title had he not been defeated.
“I think that if this is not the most exciting final then it’s definitely in the top two or three of my career against one of the greatest players of all time, Roger, who I respect.” Djokovic commended his opponent.
Federer grips the record for most Wimbledon finals appearances, at 12.
“You take it on your chin, you move on,” Federer told the Telegraph. “You try to forget, try to take the good things out of this match. There’s just tons of it. Similar to ’08 maybe, I will look back at it and think, ‘Well, it’s not that bad after all.'”
Since his first Wimbledon victory against Rafael Nadal in 2011, Djokovic has established a signature tradition of eating grass from the court after each win. This year, he didn’t dishearten, crouching to pluck a bit of the turf into his mouth and grinning at the crowd as he savored his title.