London: Defending champion Novak Djokovic saw off seven-time champion Roger Federer in four sets to win his third Wimbledon and ninth Grand Slam title.
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.
The Swiss won a thrilling second set tie-break but Djokovic came through to win in two hours and 56 minutes.
He 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.
“Coming off the back of the disappointment of the French Open, in the first week he was a little understated. To get through and win is a great effort from Djokovic. Great effort from Federer, but there is a reason why Novak is number one in the world.”
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.
It was Djokovic who came up with the big serves when it mattered, however, saving six of seven break points, two of them on set points in the opening set.
Djokovic then repeated his tradition of previous Centre victories by eating some of the famous court’s grass, while coach Boris Becker and his team celebrated in the stands.