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Federer & Djokovic At Wimbledon

After a thrilling 2019 final, look back on Roger & Novak's Wimbledon clashes

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have combined to win 13 Wimbledon titles over the past 17 years. On Sunday, Djokovic prevailed against Federer in an all-time classic 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(4), 4-6, 13-12(3) to claim his fifth trophy at SW19.

This was the fourth FedEx Head2Head meeting between the Swiss and the Serbian at the All England Club, and also their first in four years. Federer won their first clash in the 2012 semi-finals en route to the title, and Djokovic claimed back-to-back triumphs in the 2014-15 finals.

ATPTour.com looks back on their four FedEx ATP Head2Head Wimbledon matchups.

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2019 Final, Djokovic d. Federer 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(4), 4-6, 13-12(3)
Perhaps it's fitting that the first final-set tie-break in Wimbledon singles history came in the championship match. Djokovic won 14 fewer points than Federer in a gut-wrenching thriller, but he emerged victorious with his fifth trophy at The Championships.

It appeared Djokovic would have to settle for a loss when Federer served for the match at 8-7, 40/15 in the deciding set. But an error by the Swiss and a stunning crosscourt forehand passing shot from the top seed saw Serbian cling to life, and the pair played on as shadows overtook Centre Court.

The last time a Wimbledon men's champion saved match points in the final was 71 years ago, in 1948, when American Robert Falkenburg beat John Bromwich of Australia 7-5, 0-6, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, after being three match points down. This time it was Djokovic who returned from the brink to earn the crowd at The Championships, triumphing after four hours and 57 minutes, the longest Wimbledon men's singles final in history.

Federer won most key categories, but not the match. The Swiss struck 40 more winners (94-54), broke serve seven times to the World No. 1's three, claimed more first and second-serve points, earned a higher percentage of his net points. But Djokovic was victorious in all three tie-breaks, and that proved the difference. 

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2015 Final, Djokovic d. Federer 7-6(1) 6-7(10) 6-4 6-3
For a second straight year in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic triumphed over seven-time champion Federer. He became the first player since Federer in 2007 to successfully defend his title at the All England Club.

Djokovic and Federer had advanced with straight-sets wins in their semi-final matches, respectively against Richard Gasquet and Andy Murray, and little separated the World No. 1 and No. 2 through the first two sets of the final. Djokovic saved two set points at 5-6 in the first set, then proceeded to win 14 of 15 points.

In a dramatic second set, Federer fought off seven set points – including six in the tie-break – before drawing level. Djokovic responded with a break early in the third set and needed one more break in the fourth to set him on his way to his 200th Grand Slam match win and ninth major title.

"I was aware coming onto the court, that Roger would play his best when it matters the most. He pushes you to limits," said Djokovic.

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2014 Final, London, Djokovic d. Federer 67(7) 64 76(4) 57 64
Djokovic and Federer staged yet another Grand Slam thriller, with the Serb overcoming a rollercoaster fourth set to claim his second Wimbledon title and seventh crown at the major level. Djokovic returned to World No. 1 with the win, embarking on his third stint atop the ATP Rankings.

Federer's resiliency was on full display in his ninth Wimbledon final, saving a championship point in the fourth set, while reeling off five consecutive games from 2-5 down. The momentum swung to his corner as he forced a deciding set, with the Centre Court faithful roaring in approval of the high-quality affair. Djokovic would not be denied, however, as the top seed converted his fourth break of serve for the victory after three hours and 56 minutes.

The 27-year-old Djokovic turned the tide in Grand Slam finals, having lost five of his past six coming into the Wimbledon final. He lifted the trophy at the All England Club for the second time, having previously triumphed in 2011 with victory over Nadal.

“Sincerely, this has been the best quality Grand Slam final that I ever been part of,” said Djokovic. “I've had a longest final against Nadal in the Australian Open 2012, but quality-wise from the first to last point, this is definitely the best match.”

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2012 Semi-final, Federer d. Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-3
Under a closed roof, Roger Federer broke serve in the sixth game, and went onto clinch the 24-minute first set having committed just two unforced errors. Djokovic raised his game with tennis of the highest quality to seal the 30-minute second set.

The temperature gauge increased at 2-3, in the third set, when Djokovic weathered a storm, winning 23-and-25-stroke rallies in a dramatic eight-minute game. Federer survived his own wobble, but was able to win the set. The Swiss maintained his dominance in the fourth set, opening up a 3-0 lead, to book a place in his 24th major championship final.

“I thought when I missed my chance early on in the third I might pay for it dearly.  Almost did towards the end of the third set when he had break points,” said Federer. “So I think overall the surface made the match play differently and potentially in my favour. I was able to be very aggressive, particularly once I did get into the third set where I thought we both played our very best. Now looking back, that was obviously the key to the match.”

The victory gave Federer a shot at reclaiming the World No. 1 ranking – which he did two days later after defeating Andy Murray to claim a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title.