Novak Djokovic again proved the toughest of nuts for Roger Federer to crack to claim his fifth Wimbledon title on Sunday.
The Serbian repelled everything the Federer could throw at him in am epic final worth every minute.
The defending champion was outshone at times on Centre Court and saved two match points deep into a gripping decider.
But he dredged his tank of mental and physical resilience to claim a thrilling 7-6(5) 1-6 7-6(4) 4-6 13-12(3) win.
Nothing could split the players in an intoxicating final set and the match was already the longest Wimbledon singles final in history.
The Swiss would have become the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title in the professional era.
Victory took the 32-year-old Serbian level with Bjorn Borg in fourth place on the all-time list of men’s winners at Wimbledon.
(Edited by Olawale Alabi)