32-year-old Federer, who is seeking his record eighth Wimbledon title, has beaten his old rival Djokovic at the All-England Club in 2012 for Championships title. Roger Federer is currently tied with American Pete Sampras and British William Renshaw with seven titles. Federer not only claims the record title but also will become the oldest man in Wimbledon history to do so. But the path is not going to be a cakewalk for Federer who faces an inspired Djokovic who is also seeking for the sweet spot after the bitter loss at Roland Garros.
This is their 2nd Grand Slam final meeting between Djokovic and Federer – their only previous meeting at this stage of a major came at the 2007 US Open, where Federer won in straight sets. This is also just their 2nd grass court meeting after Federer won their only previous grass court match in the semi-finals at 2012 Wimbledon.
The umpire of the Men’s Singles final match on Sunday is James Keothavong, brother of former British number one Anne.
Final Match score: Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in five sets 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4
FIFTH SET: Novak Djokovic wins the fifth set 6-4
Novak Djokovic 6 Roger Federer 4 in the fifth set. Its brutal ending for 32-year-old Roger Federer as he goes down losing to Novak Djokovic on his serve. He saved one championships point but the next one crashed into nets giving Novak Djokovic his second Wimbledon title.
Novak Djokovic 5 Roger Federer 4 in the fifth set. Novak Djokovic is not getting down to another rut as he serves out quickly to go 5-4 up.
Novak Djokovic 4 Roger Federer 4 in the fifth set. Federer is getting used to losing the long rallies to Djokovic as 18 long rally goes Novak’s way. But suddenly in an all important game Federer finds himself 15-40 down and will need another great escape to come back level on the set. He does good with his serve volleys to hold the serve.
Novak Djokovic 4 Roger Federer 3 in the fifth set. Novak Djokovic in deep pit as he trailed 30-40 and faced break point. Relying on his heavy ground strokes Novak Djokovic saves himself from getting the first serve to maintain the service game and lead in fifth set.
Novak Djokovic 3 Roger Federer 3 in the fifth set. Federer is looking comfortable at the moment with the way match has proceeded. He has fired 29 aces so far and is inching to grasp the breath out of Djokovic’s game.
Novak Djokovic 3 Roger Federer 2 in the fifth set. It looked like nice opportunity for Federer to go up against Djokovic. But djokovic is managing well to stand tall against Fedex with good serve. Great play by Djoker.
Novak Djokovic 2 Roger Federer 2 in the fifth set. Federer has been ruthless in his serves as it is another nice quick game for him to level the match.
Novak Djokovic takes medical time out and calls for medical assistance..
Novak Djokovic 2 Roger Federer 1 in the fifth set. Novak Djokovic who was in similar position against Grigor Dimitrov in the semis in the fourth set. But the inexperienced Bulgarian could not push the game to fifth set and that is the difference between playing against Dimitrov and Federer. He looks frustrated with himself as he holds his serve.
Novak Djokovic 1 Roger Federer 1 in the fifth set. After saving championships point and pushing the match to the final set it is to be seen how Federer manages to continue the match which is going to be all the more physically grueling. He breaks no sweat and holds his serve without any points given.
Novak Djokovic 1 Roger Federer 0 in the fifth set. Novak will have to regroup himself and he is good with his first service of the set. He has responded well to the shocking fourth set result.
FOURTH SET: Roger Federer wins the fourth set 7-5
Novak Djokovic 5 Roger Federer 7 in the fourth set. He is no rookie and Swiss ace does not let go any opportunity as Federer rides on thumping forehands and demotivated Novak to take the fourth set 7-5. The two are playing on court for 3 hours 15 minutes.
Novak Djokovic 5 Roger Federer 6 in the fourth set. Unbelievable stuff from yet another classic final at All-England Club. Federer finds himself with three break points on Djokovic’s serve. If you really thought miracles do not happen you should be visiting SW16 right now as Federer breaks his opponent to take lead in the set for the first time at 6-5.
Novak Djokovic 5 Roger Federer 5 in the fourth set. And the drama continues on Federer’s serve. Federer found himself down giving Championships point to Novak but emerges back strongly as he challenges the line ruled out. He wins that point, fires ace next, his 25th of the match and is now back in the game.
Novak Djokovic 5 Roger Federer 4 in the fourth set. What a comeback by the Swiss master! Brilliant, Impeccable and something only expected from vintage class of Federer. Novak Djokovic serving for the match found himself 0-30 down as an aggressive Roger broke the top seed to survive big time in the match.
Novak Djokovic 5 Roger Federer 3 in the fourth set. Federer is back to serving andd he displays something extraordinary as he hits one off the head. He is master, no doubt about it. He wraps up the game in style to give himself another chance inn the set and match.
Novak Djokovic 5 Roger Federer 2 in the fourth set. Can Federer pull back this one game point again from Novak as he moves 30-15 up. He had his chances against the top seed in the long rallied point before he gave it up by hitting on net. Novak Djokovic does the rest by holding his service and is now in commanding position.
Novak Djokovic 4 Roger Federer 2 in the fourth set. Call it age catching up with Federer or poor call of shots as Federer after a brilliant smash winner gives him a 30-15 lead falls down facing break of serve point. Yet another break of serve of Federer.
Novak Djokovic 3 Roger Federer 2 in the fourth set. If the last set was about holding their service games, this one is about earning break of serves as Roger Federer quickly breaks Novak’s serve to bring the set back on serve. You will love the enthusiasm shown by the spectators. And do not miss the smash winners by Federer.
Novak Djokovic 3 Roger Federer 1 in the fourth set. Federer is in trouble, how about call it BIG TROUBLE as he finds himself 0-40 down. But he save three breakpoints to level it to deuce. Novak’s camp is an anxious as he gets another advantage and he converts it this time around as Federer hits it wide.
Novak Djokovic 2 Roger Federer 1 in the fourth set. The Djoker looks in prime form and he ain’t missing much at the moment.
Novak Djokovic 1 Roger Federer 1 in the fourth set. Federer would rathe be feeling unlucky with the loss in tie-breakers but he must leave behind to take this set. He displays another fine service game.
Novak Djokovic 1 Roger Federer 0 in the fourth set. Novak looks confident with the two set lead and definitely reflects in his service game as he short work in winning the first game point.
THIRD SET: Novak Djokovic wins the third set 7-6(4)
Roger Federer leads the tie-breakers with 1-0 as Novak follows with two consecutive points on his serve to go 2-1 up. Federer serves deep and poor return helps level him at 2-2. Novak’s 12th passing winner earns him a mini-break to lead 3-2 and is now on serve. He serves fines goes 4-2 up. A miscued shot by Federer and Novak’s altercation with umpire helps him go 5-3. Novak is not going to let another set slip in tie-breakers as he takes the third set 7-6 (7-4).
Roger Federer 6 Novak Djokovic 6 in the third set. Yet another tie break in sights with none of the players looking to give up their service game.
Roger Federer 6 Novak Djokovic 5 in the third set. Federer starts off with an ace but suddenly finds himself in deep trouble. Amidst few trouble from the crowd to Djokovic Federer had to save two break points before holding an all important service game to maintain the lead.
Roger Federer 5 Novak Djokovic 5 in the third set. Novak Djokovic hits his 10th passing winner compared to Federer’s 2 in this another brilliant service game.
Roger Federer 5 Novak Djokovic 4 in the third set. First serve by Federer is challenged by Djokovic but ruled out. Federer follows it with three more aces to make a quick work.
Roger Federer 4 Novak Djokovic 4 in the third set. This set is all about big serves and aces. Another quick game by the Serb.
Roger Federer 4 Novak Djokovic 3 in the third set.
Roger Federer 3 Novak Djokovic 3 in the third set. With the way Federer is serving at the break point looks like a distant thing.
Roger Federer 3 Novak Djokovic 2 in the third set. Well it is all down to big service games at the moment with Federer’s first serve percentage in fab sixties.
Roger Federer 2 Novak Djokovic 2 in the third set. Top seed Serb is no less when it comes to big serves as he wraps the fourth game of the match rather too easily.
Roger Federer 2 Novak Djokovic 1 in the third set. Another 40-0 serve by Roger Federer to take a lead in the third set.
Roger Federer 1 Novak Djokovic 1 in the third set. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer displays the wonderful court movement. You get to see every point in the match with great groundtrokes and net approach doing the trick for Djokovic.
Roger Federer 1 Novak Djokovic 0 in the third set. Roger Federer started the third set in fashion to go 40-0 up. But things are slowed down with Djokovic pulling couple of points but Federer closes with his deadly serves to go 1-0 up.
SECOND SET: Novak Djokovic wins the second set 6-4
Chance for Novak Djokovic to level the match. He starts well before Federer comes from behind to go 15-15. Novak serves wide to lead 30-15 but roger pulls another back to 30-30. It is deuce but Novak serves an down the middle. Novak Djokovic wins the second set 6-4
Federer required an easy, quick service game and he gets it. He is looking at every opportunity to break in the second set. He trails 4-5 to Djokovic.
Djokovic slips again at the same spot! but is quick enough to take game point again to now stand firmly at 5-3 lead.
Federer is suddenly all fired up and not allowing any more slip ups to Djokovic as his first serves are dot on the T-mark. He now trails 3-4 to Djokovic.
Novak races away to another 40-0 mark but alas he gives it away to let Federer slip in for a deuce. Finally after 3 deuce chances Novak manages to keep his service game and manages to keep the advantage to 4-2 up.
Roger does not repeat the mistakes committed in the second service game and more accurate with his shots to hold his service game. Federer trails 2-3 to Djokovic.
Novak follows up the first break point with equally marvellous service game to go 3-1 up in the second set.
Novak Djokovic is making Federer work as he goes 30-0 up on Fed’s serve before Federer comes back strongly to take three consecutive points to 40-30. But this does not stop another deuce on Federer’s serve. Novak has not been able to convert as many he would have liked too. He gets another break point chance and he breaks. First break point of the match. Djokovic leads 2*-1
Novak is quickie when it comes to his serve. He hits, returns with aggressiveness and accuracy to hold his game to 1-1.
Roger Federer starts the proceedings in the second set but finds himself under pressure against Novak Djkovic. He faces break point brought to deuce by Federer. Novak gets Roger Federer defensive with fantastic return to get himself another breakpoint of the game but not converted. Novak during a rally slips on court just like his semi-final opponent Grigor and also gives advantage to Federer. Nice work by Novak as he hits behind the back shot to bring it back to deuce. Yet long return gives advantage to Federer. Federer survives scare and holds serve to 1-0
FIRST SET: Roger Federer wins the first set 7-6(9-7)
Djokovic serves but its Fedex magic that gets him the mini-break. Federer leads 1-0 in tie break, He holds his next two serves to go 3-0 up. Back on Djokovic serve who takes two points and is 2-3 down to Federer. Federer serves to lead 4-2 in tiebreakers. Need three more points to claim the first set. Novak gets the mini-break back as Federer mistimes. Federer up 3-4, Novak to serve. He does it well and we are back at 4-4 in the tiebreakers as well. Another brilliant first serve in and Novak goes 5-4 up. Federer will have to keep his service game and what a rally! All around great play as Federer takes the point. Chance for Novak to wrap the first set with one point needed to take the first set. First Set Point for Novak Djokovic. But Federer is not going to give it easily as he saves it to take it 6-6. Novak serves it hard to earn Second set point but its an ACE by Federer and another strong serve to earn his first set point. Novak cannot handle the pressure and crashes one return to net. Roger Federer wins the first set in tie-breakers 9-7
Federer holds his game quickly without any fuss to level the game at 6-6. The first set now moves towards the tie-breakers.
Djokovic survives a scare and wins the game to lead first set 6-5
Federer comes back to win the game score levelled at 5-5
Federer changes his racquet and looks like does the trick as he forces Novak to make error to go 0-15 up. and then comes the longest rally of 21 strokes before backhand from Federer crashes into net. Novak with bit difficulty manages to hold his serve, leads first set 5-4.
Looks like its has become ritual for Novak to have easy service games. Backing on thumping forehands he leads the first set 4-3 as Federer is finding it difficult to hold his game. Yet another ddeuce for the seven time champion but he keeps calm to take advantage before closing down to level at 4-4.
Novak is clinical in his approach as he quickly gets done with his service game. Yet another easy hold for the Joker 3-2. Federer is just trying to keep to his relatively young opponent as he moves towards net but by now Novak has hit 7 winners so far as Federer commits a double-fault but hold his game at 3-3.
Federer holds serve, first set 1-1. Novak Djokovic is marking authority with his brilliant forehand the way he is hitting ball. He holds his service and leads 2-1 in the first set. Federer is depending on his temperament and classic serve and volley as he rattles through to hold his game and level 2-2.
Novak Djokovic holds serve, leads first set 1-0. Federer to serve. Federer begins his game of service and quickly goes 30-love up but top seed is here to mark his presence as he levels to 30-30 with faboulous drop shot. Swiss master does well to go 40-30 up before the first deuce of the match is seen. Federer holds well to take his game and put first game on the scoreboard.
The greatest champion in the Open Era Roger Federer plays for the record eight title. Novak Djokovic starts off well on his serve to go quickly 30-0 before Federer gets his first point on Djokovic’s serve ; 30-15. But Djokovic wraps it quickly to hold his first service of the game.
Novak Djokovic won the toss, will serve first.