Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in Wimbledon 2015 men’s singles final:
The Serb, 28, won 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (10-12) 6-4 6-3 to overtake the likes of Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi and Ivan Lendl in the all-time list of major winners.
Federer, 33, had hoped to become the first man to win Wimbledon eight times.
Djokovic adds a third victory at the All England Club to one US Open and five Australian Open titles, and the Serb has now won 48 matches and lost just three in 2015.
The world number one’s most recent defeat came against Stan Wawrinka in last month’s French Open final, but five weeks later he has gone some way to making up for missing out on the one major title to still elude him.
Federer had given his supporters real hope that he could overturn last year’s final defeat by Djokovic after his stunning serving performance in the semi-final win over Andy Murray.
After a brief rain delay, Djokovic finished off the third set and then broke Federer at 2-2 in the fourth, leaving the stadium in near silence.
Federer was not as sharp as he was in his semifinal against Andy Murray, and at times when he went for lines, he missed. His serve was also not as crisp.
For Federer, the loss was particularly agonizing because, at his age, it is unclear how many other opportunities he will have. A little over a year ago, when he was ranked No. 8 and the Grand Slam titles seemed to be in the past, some wondered why he continued to play.
His most difficult match was a two-day, five-set encounter with Kevin Anderson in the round of 16. Then he had to overcome a stiff shoulder in his semifinal against Gasquet. Djokovic said he woke up with the problem that day and vowed it would not hinder him Sunday.