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Novak Djokovic outlasts Roger Federer in thrilling 5-hour Wimbledon final

December 2, 2019

Novak Djokovic has done it again.  Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3) to win his fifth Wimbledon title Sunday at the All England Club It’s the fifth time Djokovic has successfully defended a Grand Slam title.  The grueling, yet thrilling five-set, 5-hour match — which ended after the first ever fifth-set tiebreak in the tournament final — was the 48th time in their careers the two had played  “If this was not the most exciting final then it was definitely the top two or three (for me),” Djokovic said “I was up against one of the greatest players of all time, Roger, who I expect a lot  “Unfortunately one player has to lose and we both had our chances.”  The 32-year-old Serbian was thought to be the early favorite, being the defending Wimbledon champion He hasn’t, however, been the most popular among fans, as proved by the crowds that cheered his mistakes and jeered his serves, having to be silenced by the chair umpire many times throughout  Switzerland’s 37-year-old Federer, on the other hand, has proved his age only just factors into his performance as he continues to win Grand Slams every chance he gets Though his precision this time around, even on shots he usually would have made easily, was not what it used to be  “I will try to forget. It was a great match. It was long, it had everything, I had my chances, so did he,” Federer said “In a way I’m happy. But Novak was great. Well done. I still feel good. I can still stand ”  The match started off as gritty as one would expect a battle between two of the men’s Big Three would be Djokovic even seemingly prefaced it by posting a video to his Instagram stories and Twitter page Saturday of him walking through a field of tall grass like Maximus walked through the wheat field in the movie Gladiator The first set lasted nearly an hour, alone, and ended after a gritty tie-break, but the second would easily go to Federer In the third set, when Federer looked as if he’d claim a one-set lead, Djokovic pushed back to tie the set and force it into another tie break, which he would win as well The fourth set was a struggle for both, at one point going on a 35-shot rally (the longest of the match), which Federer won  The fifth set was the real challenge for both, especially with the shadows creeping in on Centre Court Both fought for each point like it was their last and managed to tie the set to a ridiculous 8-8 around the four-hour mark At 12-11, the stress of the match started catching up with Djokovic who even swatted at the microphone cover by the chair ump and received a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct  After 12-12, the set went into a game-deciding tie-break. As was the pattern through most of the match, particularly in every tie-break throughout, Federer was his own worst enemy and at the end, his sloppiness (or exhaustion) when he launched match point into the sky, won Djokovic the title

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