Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer, 2019 Wimbledon final match report: In a final that lasted just short of 5 hours, Novak Djokovic outclassed Roger Federer in a match sure to be recalled for ages to come.
Djokovic beat Federer in an epic final which lasted for almost 5 hours (Reuters)
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer played out yet another epic final at The Championships with the world number one emerging as the winner of Wimbledon 2019 on Sunday.
The jam-packed crowd at Centre-Court was left gasping for breath in every game as Djokovic outclassed Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 in a match which lasted for over four hours to clinch his fifth Wimbledon title and his 17th Grand Slam title in the open era.
Federer was bidding for his record-extending ninth title but was denied by the Serbian tennis ace in the five-set thriller.
In the first set, Federer was leading 5-3 in the tiebreaker after winning four straight points but missed forehands on each of the next three points. He then sent a backhand wide to hand world No. 1 Djokovic the first set. Federer had the only break point of the set at 2-1 but sent a forehand wide.
The 37-year-old bounced back after breaking Djokovic twice in the second set. He was leading 4-0 and broke Djokovic again at love in the final game, with the Serbian double-faulting on set point. Djokovic hit just two winners in the second set, compared to 14 in the first.
The third set was more evenly contested. Federer was yet to face a break point in the match and had a set point with Djokovic serving at 5-4 in the third, but sent a backhand return wide. In the tiebreaker, Djokovic jumped out to a 5-1 lead and clinched the set when Federer netted a forehand.
But Federer once again broke Djokovic twice in the fourth set to take a 5-2 lead but was broken for the first time in the match when serving for the set. However, he held at love on his second opportunity to clinch the set 6-4 and take the game into the fifth set.