Djokovic reflects on ´unreal´ Wimbledon final victory

Roger Federer 'It's strange and unusual to reach another Wimbledon final'

Roger Federer 'It's strange and unusual to reach another Wimbledon final'

Novak Djokovic saved two championship points to retain his Wimbledon title with a thrilling final-set tie-break win over Roger Federer.

At one point during the final set Sunday, Djokovic asked chair umpire Damian Steiner whether the change called for the tiebreaker at 10-10.

The two iconic players have reached a fifth set at Wimbledon, with Djokovic and Federer alternating the first four sets.

Djokovic moved 6-3 ahead and, after the final point had to be replayed following a Hawkeye challenge, he could celebrate victory when a tired Federer framed a forehand.

Perhaps Federer, who turns 38 on August 8, will extend his lead on the career list to a men's-record 21 championships, which would leave him three ahead of Nadal, who is 33 years old, and six ahead of Djokovic, who is 32.

The clash between defending champion Djokovic and eight-time victor Roger Federer lived up to its billing as both produced tennis of the highest quality in a five-set thriller that lasted over four hours on Centre Court.

The last player to win a Grand Slam aged under 30 was Andy Murray, who won the 2016 Wimbledon title aged 29.

For the sixth time in the last nine years, Novak Djokovic is through to the Wimbledon final, earning a chance to compete for the fifth crown at the All England Club.

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The semi-final was hanging in the balance with Federer only a few points away from winning when the 20-time Grand Slam champion cost himself the point.

But Djokovic was far from stellar, looking as tense as an England batsman at times, and was second best to his opponent for long spells, taking well over two hours to manage his first break point. But Novak was great.

Plus, Djokovic has won their four most recent showdowns. It was long, it had everything, I had my chances, so did he.

Federer said his children may not be the happiest they have been. No animosity was towards Djokovic; instead a shared and vocal desperation to see Federer keep his mission on track; a collective wish to be part of history.

With the Centre Court crowd staunchly behind him though, the Swiss again fought back in the fourth, breaking Djokovic twice to take a 5-2 lead. Djokovic won both of those previous matchups, in 2014 and 2015. No matter how many Grand Slams he wins, he will never be the greatest for me.

With eight Wimbledon titles in his locker, Federer has every right to be confident.

Yesterday, Djokovic warned Federer that he was coming for his records ahead of their final on Sunday.

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