Novak Djokovic denied Roger Federer a record-breaking eighth Wimbledon championship by besting the Swiss legend in a five-set thriller. The final count was 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 in a match that took over four hours.
In winning his second Wimbledon title, Djokovic not only reclaimed the world's number one ranking, but also nearly squared his all-time head-to-head count against Federer; the two have played 35 times and Federer now holds a 18-17 record against the Serb.
Federer, in the twilight of his career, was not only seeking a Wimbledon record to add to his 17 Grand Slam titles, but also was hoping to end a two-year drought, which started after his 2012 Wimbledon win.
At 33, Federer looked sharp through the tournament, dropping only one set in all of his matches, the first, in a quarterfinal match against Stan Wawrink. Down two sets to one in the final, Federer fought back from match point in the fourth set to force a fifth before coming up short.
Djokovic, who lost the French Open Final last month to Rafael Nadal and last year's Wimbledon to Andy Murray had his share of difficulties along the way. In his quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic, Djokovic clawed back from down two sets to one to win the match in five sets and advance. All told, he dropped four sets prior to his match against Federer. And now he's eating grass.
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