Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Djokovic Holds Nerve to Win Dramatic Final

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Djokovic Holds Nerve to Win Dramatic Final

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NOVAK Djokovic battled past Roger Federer in the longest Wimbledon final in history to match Bjorn Borg by winning his fifth title.

In one of the most dramatic matches the All England Club has ever witnessed, Djokovic defied a crowd screaming for his opponent by becoming the first player to win on a deciding tie-break.

Djokovic had saved two match points when Federer served for victory at 8-7 in the deciding set and went on to take it 7-6 (5) 1-6 7-6 (4) 4-6 13-12 (3) after four hours and 57 minutes.

Federer had hoped to follow up his emotional semi-final victory over Rafael Nadal by completing the double over his other great rival for the first time at a grand slam and fought back well having twice been a set down but this will be one of his most painful losses. Djokovic has now won four out of the last five major tournaments, taking his overall tally to 16 and making Federer's record of 20 seem ever more within reach. …

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