The world of sports reacts to epic Djokovic-Federer Wimbledon final

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Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic live score: Wimbledon 2019 final updates as the championship heads to a fifth set

"We had decided I was going to skip Montreal anyway already a week ago, just give myself enough time", said the 37-year-old Federer, who was visibly exhausted after a almost five-hour match.

How else do you explain this latest Houdini act that saw him - for the the third time in his career - save match points and go on to beat Roger Federer in a grand-slam match.

They have played each other 48 times already, with Djokovic holding a 26-22 head-to-head edge. There was then a moment of confusion as, on his first match point, Djokovic made a successful Hawkeye challenge on a ball that was called out but the point was replayed.

Following a rule change introduced only this year, the final set was the first ever decided in a tiebreaker after games were locked at 12-all.

Djokovic led 5-1 in the ensuing tiebreak and although Federer hit back to 5-4, the top seed capitalised on more errors by the Swiss to restore his one-set lead.

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"I'm just obviously thrilled and overjoyed with emotions to be sitting here in front of you as a victor".

Novak Djokovic has vowed to convince fans that he is not public enemy number one even if he surpasses people's champion Roger Federer as the greatest Grand Slam title victor of all time. It could have gone easily his way.

"Well, I mean, used to be a really, really big deal, you know, I guess when you were close", Federer said.

It was a display of stunning mental fortitude by Djokovic.

"I had the most physically demanding match against (Rafael) Nadal in the final of Australia that went nearly six hours (in 2012)".

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"I'm just obviously thrilled and overjoyed with emotions to be sitting here in front of you as a victor".

Djokovic also insisted he had pictured how the final would play out, appreciating that Federer was, as always, the sentimental favourite.

Federer, though, remains philosophical, insisting he no longer fusses about holding the grand slam record. It was probably the most mentally demanding match I was ever part of.

Federer broke Djokovic in the 15th game of the fifth set to serve for the match, but Djokovic broke back to keep the match going.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have combined to win 12 Wimbledon titles over the years, with the Serbian being the reigning champion. The holy court of tennis, resonated with 'Come On Roger!' cheers and World Number one tennis player talked about his course of action against those clamours.

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