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Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon title

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Novak Djokovic is the Wimbledon champion after beating Roger Federer 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 in a five-set epic on Centre Court.

The Serb came back from a set down and an agonising fourth-set loss to clinch the title, beating the seven-time champion at SW19 in almost four hours after a titanic battle between two of the modern game's greatest players.

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With coaches Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg in the stands, it was no surprise to see the match start at a frantic pace, with break point opportunities in short supply as the set moved towards a tiebreak.

Whilst Djokovic might have played the slightly better tennis, it was the Swiss number four seed who won the big points when it mattered, winning it 9-7 to the delight of the crowd after 51 minutes.

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However, the top seed and world number two would quickly fight back to take the first break of the match and second set in 43 minutes. It left the contest evenly poised and ultimately created a three-set match for the crown.

Second tiebreak

The third set went the way of the first, as both players served with incredible consistency. Whilst Federer's first serve percentage was higher, it was Djokovic's ability to hold with relative ease which kept him in contention throughout heading into the second breaker.

It had a different outcome this time around, with Djokovic playing a near-perfect 11 points to win it 7-4. Whilst the scoreline might of been close, he made the 17-time Grand Slam champion earn everything under the sun in the capital.

Djokovic looked set to close the match out in the fourth set, taking a 5-2 lead and then serving for the match. He couldn't earn a championship point at 5-3, but had one on Federer's serve in the next game. His first serve was called out, but a Hawk-Eye overrule gave the veteran an ace. He served out to survive, broke his opponent again and won it in 49 minutes to the delight of the crowd.

Ankle injury

At the start of the fifth set, it looked like Federer who had the advantage as Djokovic struggled with what appeared to be an ankle injury picked up at the end of the previous set. He called for a medical timeout at 2-1 on serve in the fifth, and would save a break point before creating his own opportunities whilst 4-3 up.

He had three in total, with Federer saving the last courtesy of a stunning second-serve serve and volley. After eventually serving out, the pressure shifted to the man from Belgrade and he found the answers with the help of an uncharacteristic missed smash from the 32-year-old.

A similarly unusual backhand miss made it 0-30 to take Djokovic within two points of the title, and Federer was long with a forehand two points later to give the Serb more match points.

He took it on the first to win his second Wimbledon title, and seventh Grand Slam in total. He will also become the new world number one, overtaking Rafael Nadal.

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