World number one Novak Djokovic defeated 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 in an intense five-set thriller in the final of the men's singles event of Wimbledon 2019 to lift his fifth title at Centre Court on Sunday.
Here are the highlights:
# Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer to lift fifth Wimbledon title!
# The Swiss tennis maestro had so many chances to seal victories but he is now serving to stay in it. The match has been forced into the first-ever 12-all tie-breaker.
# Djokovic and Federer have taken the fifth set of the championship to 10-10. If the two players make it 12-12, Djokovic and Federer will play out the first fifth set singles tiebreaker in the history of the tournament. Notably, the rule was implemented this year.
# An intense clash is going on at Wimbledon's Center Court as Djokovic breaks Federer back despite the Swiss earning two Championship points. It's 8-8 now in the fifth set.
# Federer fires a couple of forehand winners to break Djokovic and get the chance to serve for the title. The score read 7-8 in favour of Fedrer.
# Djokovic once again takes the lead against Federer in the fifth set before the latter holds to 15 with a forehand winner to level the set once again.It's now 7-7.
# Federer wins two games in a row to push the fifth set to 6-6.
# The world number makes it 40-15 after Federer misses two returns. Though Federer wins a rally with a drop shot, Djokovic holds to 30 to grab the game. It's 5-4 now in favour of Djokovic.
# Federer and Djokovic were leveled at 30-all in the eighth game before Federer fires an ace down the middle to equalize the fifth set at 4-4.
# Djokovic won the sixth game before Federer strikes back to take the fifth set to 4-3.
# Djokovic comfortably takes a 40-0 lead in the fifth game after some bad shots from Federer. However, the Serbian makes three errors in a row to take the game to deuce, only to see himself take a 3-2 lead in the fifth set.
# Federer has nearly got his serve broken before he hangs on to equalize the score at two in the fifth set.
# Djokovic begins the third game with a double fault for 0-15 against Federer. However, Djokovic strikes back and held his nerves to make it 2-1 in the fifth set.
# Meanwhile, the 20-time Grand Slam champion is appearing in the five-set Wimbledon final for the fifth time.
# Federer has taken an early lead in the fifth set before Djokovic levelled the score by winning the second game. The score reads 1-1.
# Federer clinches the fourth set against Djokovic 6-4 to level the score in Wimbledon 2019 final.
# The Swiss begins with a 15-0 lead in the eighth game before following it up with double fault. Subsequently, Djokovic earns his first break point of the clash with a backhand to take the score of 3-5 in the fourth set.
# Federer punches a forehand into the corner to earn a break point and extend his lead to 5-2 in the fourth set. He just needs a game now to win this set.
# Federer wins two games in a row to take a 4-2 lead against Djokovic in the fourth set.
# Djokovic once again takes the lead after a dominating third game before Federer holds to 40-15 to take the fourth game and once again level the fourth set. The score now reads 2-2.
# Federer levels the score 1-1 in the fourth set with a few cracking forehands.
# Djokovic will win his fifth Wimbledon title if he wins the fourth set. The Serbian has already taken an early 1-0 lead in the set.
# Djokovic wins the third set to take a 7-6, 1-6, 7-6 lead against Federer!
# Djokovic responds to Federer's backhand past with a venomous backhand to make it 15-all. He then grabs three points to push the set into the tie-breaker.
# Djokovic wins the 10th game to level the set before Federer wins the next game to once again take a lead. It's now 6-5 in favour of the Swiss star.
# None of the two players has managed to break the other's serve in this set so far. The third set now read 4-4.
# Federer has once again taken a lead in the third set. He continues to serve well and finishes with an ace to grab the game. It's 4-3 now.
# Just like the opening set, the two star players are once again producing neck and neck show. After winning a game each, the third set now reads 3-3.
# Federer grabs four points in a row to once again take a lead in the third set. It's 2-1 now.
# Djokovic begins the second game of the third set with a backhand down the line to make it 15-0 before he follows it up with a double fault. However, the Serbian holds on to 30 to level the third set.
# Federer makes two accurate serves to take it to 40-15 against Djokovic before he holds with an ace to take the opening game of the third set.
# Roger Federer wins the second set 6-1 to level the score at Wimbledon 2019 final !
# Yet another double-fault from Federer takes the game to 15-all. However, the Swiss tennis star wins two points before scoring an ace to make it 5-1 in the second set.
# For the first time in the second set, Djokovic holds on to 30-0 to win a game and make it 1-4 in the set.
# Federer continues to maintain dominance while Djokovic keeps making uncharacteristic unforced errors to give a 4-0 lead to the Swiss star.
# A double fault from Federer makes it 15-all before the Swiss star clinches the game with an ace and a volley. Federer is now 2-0 against Djokovic in the second set.
# Federer begins the second set on a positive note as he earns two break points to take the first game 1-0 against Djokovic.
# Djokovic wins the opening set 7-6! The tie-breaker was leveled at 3-3 till the mini-break before Federer clinched two points in a row to make it 5-3. Djokovic then bounced back to level the scoreline again at 5-5 but Federer sent three consecutive return wide to hand the first set to his opponent.
# Djokovic makes it 15-0 with an ace down the middle before making it 30-0 with a dink. The first set has been pushed into the tie-breaker.
# After Federer takes a 15-0 lead in the game with an ace, Djokovic hits back to make it 15-all. The Swiss star then replies with a massive backhand deep into the left corner before slamming a forehand down the line to take a 6-5 lead.
# Djokovic and Federer are almost going neck-to-neck in the first set. The world number three produces a drop shot over the net to make it 30-0 before Djokovic responds with ace and backward down the line to snatch the game and make it 5-5 each in the first set.
# Federer has once again taken the lead to make it 5-4 in the first set.
# Federer's attempt to attack with a short ball was smashed by Djokovic, who replied with a backhand hit to make it 15-0 before once again leveling the score at 4-4.
# World number three Federer is dominating well with the ball. The Swiss star replied to Djokovic’s attempted backhand pass with a sharp volley to once again take a lead. It's 4-3 in the first set now.
# Federer sends a backhand pass long to make it 15-0 against Djokovic before the Serbian hits back with a forehand and an ace down the middle to once again equalize the first set at 3-3.
# After two wild misses from Federer, Djokovic saves a break point to take a 30-0 lead. However, three serves from Federer helped the Swiss take a 40-30 lead and make it 3-2 in the first set.
# While Djokovic opens the game with a double fault, Federer tries to play big initially. The world number one takes a 40-15 lead, only to see Federer hits back with a forehand down the line to make it 40-30. However, Djokovic holds his nerve to level the score at 2-2 in the first set.
# Federer has taken the lead now. It was Djokovic who seized the first point with a forehand return to make it 15-0 before Federer snatched the next three points to take 2-1 lead in the first set.
# Djokovic bounces back to level the score at 1-1 as Federer missed a couple of forehands. The top-seeded first took a 30-lead against the Swiss star before he extended it to 40-0.
# Federer kickstarts the summit showdown with an ace to make it 15-0 against Djokovic before the Swiss tennis maestro notched up another ace for 40-15 against the world number one. It's 1-0 in favour of Federer in the first set.
# Federer to open the 2019 Wimbledon men's singles final against Djokovic.
# Argentina’s Damian Steiner will be officiating the high-octane clash.
# Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have emerged from their locker rooms at the All England Club for the clash. This will be the 48th meeting between the two players.
Federer cemented his spot in the summit showdown of the Wimbledon 2019 after bouncing back from a set down against Spanish tennis maestro Rafael Nadal to clinch a 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory in what was the 40th career meeting between the golden duo.
Defending champion Djokovic, on the other hand, saw off Spanish tennis star Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to storm into the final of the tournament.
Heading into the summit showdown, the Serbian tennis maestro lead head-to-head series by 25-22, including 9-6 at Grand Slams. While Djokovic is eyeing his 16th Grand Slam title, Federer will be looking to seal his 21st major title in the final of the 2019 Wimbledon.
The two players had previously met each other in the men's singles final at the All England Club on three occasions, with Djokovic sealing victories in both the matches in 2014 and 2015.