Novak Djokovic – the best athlete in the sport – said that his victory against Roger Federer at Wimbledon was the greatest mental challenge of his career. He saved two championship points bringing his fifth grand slam tournament title.
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Sunday saw the longest singles final match in grand slam tournament’s history, as Djokovic won 7-6 1-6 7-6 4-6 13-12 in just under five hours. Roger Federer was trying for a record-breaking ninth Wimbledon title, which was looking promising as he led the first set 5-3 and again in the third set as he had won the previous set point. But the vegan Serbian world No.1, Djokovic, pushed for the win, achieving his 16th grand slam, just four short of Federer.
“This was mentally the most demanding because of the circumstances, and Roger across the net was playing well,” said Djokovic. “He was match points up and serving, and in those moments you just try and stay there, try to stay present and find that strength and self-belief and in the end I managed to pull it out. I’m very, very, very happy and proud of the achievement today… and exhausted as well, of course.”
Roger Federer took 14 points more than Novak Djokovic during the course of the match, grabbing 40 more winners throughout. It was a close call for Federer, who later stated that it was “an incredible opportunity missed.” Djokovic has snatched four wins of the last five grand slam singles titles in the men’s division. His winning streak was interrupted only by Rafael Nadal’s triumph at the French Open.