Djokovic beats Federer, Halep defeats Williams in men’s and women’s Wimbledon finals

Novak Djokovic saved two championship points in Wimbledon’s longest singles final to retain his title in a thrilling win over Roger Federer.

On a Centre Court, with an atmosphere that felt at times more akin to football than tennis, Djokovic won 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3).

As the clock ticked to four hours 57 minutes, Federer hit a ball high to hand the Serb victory.

The world number one has won 16 Grand Slams – and four of the last five.

“It’s quite unreal,” Djokovic said after winning his fifth Wimbledon title.

Federer, who at 37 was chasing a record-equalling ninth Wimbledon singles title, added: “It was a great match, it was long, it had everything. Novak, congratulations, man, that was crazy.”

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Simona Halep says controlling her nerves and forgetting about who she was playing enabled her to play the match of her life and win Wimbledon.

The Romanian’s 56-minute 6-2 6-2 demolition of Serena Williams earned her a second Grand Slam title.

“The nerves were positive this time. I felt them in the stomach,” she said. “I always play well when I have emotions.

“I didn’t think at all against who I play. I’ve always been intimidated a little bit when I faced Serena.”

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