Djokovic saves match points, beats Federer in historic Wimbledon final

Roger Federer 'It's an incredible opportunity missed'

"In this 133rd Wimbledon final, the top-seeded Novak Djokovic, tennis" wall on wheels, ached for that rousing reception nearly as much as he wanted the crown.

When asked if he would have preferred to lose comfortably rather than becoming the first man to lose a Wimbledon final after being up championship point since 1948, Federer said: "It's hard to tell".

With Djokovic serving at deuce at 11-11 in the fifth set, Federer opened himself up and lasered an inside-out forehand into the corner. Still, even though Federer did get broken in that set, he won it to send this match to a fifth.

"He got a bit riled and gave some stares to people in the crowd but that's how he works, that's how he ticks". I take motivation from different places, you know.

Swiss second seed Federer, 37, was aiming for a record-extending ninth men's singles title at the All England Club, which would have matched Martina Navratilova's all-time leading tally.

"Of course, if you have the majority of the crowd on your side, it helps". "More applause for Fed, and at times booing aimed at Djokovic".

"Federer is the greatest of all-time here and has the right to get that love, but on the other side you have to respect a four-time champion a little bit more", said Becker, a three-time victor at SW19.

Having been surprisingly chipper in his on-court interview, a far more downbeat Federer said in his post-match press conference: "I don't know what I feel".

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"He came into the party that was the Roger and Rafa party and he became the party pooper". The next four points went to Djokovic who took the early advantage.

Novak Djokovic again proved the toughest of nuts for Roger Federer to crack as he repelled everything the Swiss threw at him to claim a fifth Wimbledon title in the first All England Club final to be decided by a tiebreaker on Sunday. Ultimately though he fell short at the crucial moments and, like in the epic 2008 final against Rafael Nadal, ended up the loser after an all-time classic match.

"Novak is not quite happy yet", the German said.

"I like to transmutate it in a way: When the crowd is chanting "Roger" I hear "Novak", said the 32-year-old Djokovic.

Federer, who has lost his last five meetings with Djokovic in Grand Slams, last beating the Serbian at Wimbledon in 2012, said he had not felt the match had slipped from him when he failed to take the match points. "It's unreal to be two match points down and come back". "The race is on".

"I don't see the end of the road for any of the three".

Looking at the bigger picture, there's also this takeaway from Sunday: Nadal's status as Federer's principal nemesis has been well-documented and much-examined over the years which is a small part of why Friday's semifinal victory for Federer was fraught with meaning.

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