In a stunning nearly five-hour match that broke records and tested new rules, Novak Dejokovick defeated Roger Federer in the Wimbledon men’s champion on Sunday, defending his 2018 title.
Clocking in at four hours and 57 minutes, the match was the longest men’s singles final in Wimbledon history, and had it not been for a new rule that requires tie-breaker if both players score 12-12 in the final set, it could have gone longer.
Novak Djokovick won the first set, a bad sign for Federer, as his opponent is 63-1 in major when taking the first set.
The pair went back and forth, Djokovick taking the first set, Federer the second, Djokovick the third, and Federer the fourth. After 12-12 fifth set, Djokovick took the unprecedented tie-breaker 7-3.
The 32 years old Serbian who back to back titles in 2014 and 2015. Now, he’s repeated the achievement, defending his 2018 title to win his fifth Wimbledon Championship and would have been the oldest player to take grand slam title had he not been defeated.
Novak Djokovick commended his opponent, saying, “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 of the greatest players of all time, Roger, who I respect.”
Federer holds 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.”