Djokovic beats Federer in Wimbledon epic to win fifth title
The club's new rule stipulating a tiebreak at 12-12 in a deciding set deployed for the first time in singles
London — Novak Djokovic saved two match points to clinch a fifth Wimbledon title and 16th Major on Sunday, shattering Roger Federer’s bid to become the oldest Grand Slam champion in the longest final ever played at the tournament.
Despite being outplayed by the 37-year-old Swiss for large parts of the knife-edge encounter, the world No1 triumphed 7-6 (7/5) 1-6 7-6 (7/4) 4-6 13-12 (7/3). At 4hr 57min, it was the longest Wimbledon final ever played and settled by a final set tiebreak for the first time.