This was the first time ever that a fifth-set tiebreaker decided a tournament final. The epic final lasted four-hour and 57-minute to become the longest ever Wimbledon final in history. Djokovic's triumph — his fifth at the All England Club — gave the men's world number one a 26-22 win-loss record in career match-ups with Federer. The Serbian, who has won 16 majors, holds a 4-1 advantage when they have met in the final of a major, a tally that includes three victories at Wimbledon.
It was Wimbledon’s first singles championship settled under the tournament’s new tiebreak format, which was instituted to prevent soul-sapping marathons such as the three-day affair between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in 2010, which dragged on until 70-68 in the fifth set, and last year’s semifinal between Isner and Kevin Anderson, which lasted to 26-24.
It’s the second time Djokovic has won back-to-back Wimbledon titles in his career, following 2014-15. “When the crowd is chanting, ‘Roger!’ I hear ‘Novak!’ ” he explained. “It sounds silly, but it’s like that. I try to convince myself that it’s like that”, Djokovic said after the match.