Roger Federer lost to Novak Djokovic at the Wimbledon men’s final after playing for 4 hours and 55 minutes on Sunday.
The match is considered to be the longest men’s singles final in Wimbledon history. Nonetheless, it could’ve actually went on for longer if it not for the new rule that requires a tie-breaker if both players score 12-12 in the final set.
These two astounding players kept going back and forth as Djokovic took the first set, Federer the second Djokovic the third, and Federer the fourth. The match came to an end after the 12-12 fifth set, Djokovic took the tie-breaker 7-3.
In 2014 and 2015, Djokovic came out a back-to-back champion. With his win this year, he defended his 2018 title and celebrated his fifth Wimbledon championship.
Statement from the champion says “I think that if this is not the most exciting final then it’s definitely in the top two or three of my career against one of the greatest players of all time, Roger, who I respect.”
“You take it on your chin, you move on. You try to forget, try to take the good things out of this match. There’s just tons of it. Similar to ’08 maybe, I will look back at it and think, ‘Well, it’s not that bad after all.'” Roger Federer told the Telegraph.