Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in epic five-set final

Federer excited for 'brutal&apos Djokovic final

There will be no surprises against Novak Djokovic acknowledges Roger Federer with a"brutal tough Wimbledon final

Meanwhile Federer tried to put a courageous face on his defeat, which hurt all the more given that he missed two match points when serving and 8-7 up in the final set.

Federer has ruled grass courts since the early 2000s; he has won Wimbledon eight times dating to 2003, and this was his record 12th appearance in the title match. But Novak was great.

It must have been a painful set to lose for the Swiss but in double-quick time he was level at one-set all after an uncharacteristic mental lapse from his opponent. Federer and Djokovic will meet in the men's final at the All England Club for the third time.

I said at the start of the two weeks at the All England Club that it was hard to see past Djokovic winning the title and I'm sticking to that ahead of the 48 career clash between these two superstars.

Novak Djokovic calls the 2019 Wimbledon men's final "one of the most exciting matches he's been a part of", following his five-set win over Roger Federer.

To decide the victor, both players had to try and be the first to score seven points, with an advantage of two or more points.

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The incorrect challenge handed the point to Nadal and he went on to hold the game to force Federer to serve for the match.

4-6, 13-12 (7/3) in a match settled by a historic tie-break. It lasted a remarkable 35 shots and ended with Federer getting the point.

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An emotional Federer looked over towards his wife and children in his box during the trophy presentation, perhaps an acknowledgement that less than four weeks from his 38th birthday his opportunities for more Grand Slams may be limited.

'I hope I give some other people a chance to believe that at 37 it's not over yet, ' he said.

BBC Sport tennis commentator Andrew Castle: "What a treat this has been".

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In doing so the World No 1, top seed and defending champ crushed 37-year-old crowd favourite Federer's fairytale dream.

He was probably hungry after the long match, which was just 3 minutes short of 5 hours.

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"Definitely tough to have those chances", Federer said.

It wasn't until the fourth set that Federer faced so much as one break point, no small accomplishment against Djokovic, considered by many to be the greatest returner of his, or perhaps any, generation. Four-time champion Novak Djokovic is standing in the way. None of it slowed down the reigning Wimbledon champion.

The Serbian was beginning to look very frustrated but he forced another tie-break and again it was Federer who unexpectedly crumbled. There was nothing in that match in the end.

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