Fifth set | Djokovic 5, FEDERER 4
Djokovic put himself one game from the title.
Federer consolidated his break, holding for 4-4 in the fifth set, and opened up his next return game with a super backhand drop shot winner. Djokovic regained control, however, and despite another winning Federer drop shot, held for 5-4 to put himself one game from the title.
These two are now in win-by-two territory, but the 16-14 score line by which Federer won a fifth set against Andy Roddick in the final 10 years ago will not be possible: this year, Wimbledon has instituted a fifth-set tiebreaker to be played if the score remains deadlocked at 12-12.
Fifth set | Djokovic 4, FEDERER 3
Federer breaks back to cut Djokovic’s lead.
In a fifth set that has seemed more about nerves than sparkling tennis, Federer got proceedings back on serve, 4-3.
At 15-30, Federer had a good look at a forehand down the line but shoved it long, leveling the game. After Djokovic double-faulted on the next point to give Federer a break point, Federer again missed a forehand long, an unforced error.
Federer pounced a point later, closing out a 20-shot rally with a forehand winner. On the next point, the second break point of the game, it was Djokovic’s turn to miss a forehand long.
The Centre Court crowd, ardently behind Federer the whole match, broke into chants of “Roger! Roger!” during the ensuing changeover.
Fifth set | Djokovic 4, FEDERER 2
Djokovic goes up a break of serve.
The Djokovic return game has awakened, and the defending champion is within reach of another title.
On his second break point of the sixth game in the final set, Djokovic awkwardly hit a short backhand that drew Federer forward, then unleashed on his next backhand, delivering a passing shot winner to take a 4-2 lead.