14:00: Wimbledon men's singles final - Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer
- Federer wins opening set 7-6 on a tiebreak
- Djokovic levels 6-4 in the second and win third set 7-6 on a tiebreak
- Federer saves match point and wins five straight games to level match at two sets all
- Djokovic wins fifth set 6-4 to claim second Wimbledon crown and return to world No.1
18:13: Wimbledon has played host to some of the great matches in tennis but that must be right up there. A stunning performance from both men Novak Djokovic, the now two-time champion and new world No.1, and Roger Federer who remains the seven time SW19 winner and 17-time grand slam winner.
Well for all of you who joine me for that marathon match, well done. For those who didn't, where were you? That's all we've got time for on this Wimbledon final live text. We'll be back with live coverage of the World Cup semi-finals in mid-week, but until then goodbye.
Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 6-4 to win the 2014 Wimbledon men's singles title
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 6-4 Federer: Federer serving to stay in the final for a third time and he starts with a netted backhand. Djokovic three points away. Now a miss-timed backhand from Federer. Djokovic two points away. The Serb misses the line with a regulation forehand to his own disbelief but Federer goes long with a forehand. Two championship points Djokovic. Federer nets a backhand and Djokovic is the champion.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 5-4* Federer: Federer once again takes the upper hand at the start of the set but a Djokovic ace brings it back to 15-all. Federer inexplicably nets an overhead volley and lets Djokovic off the hook and he takes full advantage, serving out the game. Pressure on Federer now.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 *4-4 Federer: Djokovic is just two games away now and Federer plays just a touch tigher at the start of this eighth game but opens up to fire a backhand cross court. Djokovic takes it to 15-30 with a stunning return and now force Federer into sending a volley long. Two break points Djokovic. Federer benefits from a net cord, which stays in Djokovic's court before a fine forehand brings up deuce. Federer fails to find the corner with a backhand and Djokovic produces a beauty of the backhand to get another break point. A delicate exchange at the net sees Federer prevail before he slaps a forehand away to bring up game point. Djokovic slams the door shut with a whipped forehand winner only to dump a backhand service return into the net. Federer wriggles away as Djokovic find the tramlines.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 *4-3 Federer: As Tim Henman on the BBC notes, the pressure ratchets up on Djokovic every time Federer holds to love on his serve. Djokovic produced the ideal report with an ace, but a double fault puts the pressure back on. A wonderful passing backhand winner is the ideal antidote to those nerves but like a bad smell Federer hangs around, playing an audacious drop volley for 30-30. Djokovic nets a forehand on the backfoot and Federer is back in the box seat. A break point for Federer but he nets a backhand slice. Big point that one and Djokovic knows it, given his celebration after going game point up. The backhand side lets Djokovic down again and he goes long to bring up deuce again but Federer can't keep out a powering forehand. A unreturned serve edges him ahead.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 *3-3 Federer: Back to the routine service games of the third set here with Federer rediscovering his rhythm and holding to love.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 3-2* Federer: Wide forehand from Djokovic and now a missed second serve piles the pressure on the Serbian David Cup winner. He replies in the fashion you would expect and he breaks down the Federer defence during a 23-stroke rally, the longest in the match, and then finds an ace to hold.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 *2-2 Federer: Who will be afected by that injury time out? Djokovic still moving very nervously around the baseline, not least given that is the scene of his several falls in this match but Federer is unperturbed, holding to love.
17:39: Djokovic having treatment for a calf injury it seems even though he looked like he was turning over his ankle. Let's hope this latest problem doesn't affect the remainder of the match at this stage. If Djokovic goes looking to shorten the points, it plays in Federer's hands.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 2-1* Federer: Looks as though Djokovic's right ankle is giving him some trouble so Federer targets his forehand side but the Serb is able to get wriggle away and hold. Djokovic calls for the trainer.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 *1-1 Federer: Djokovic throws his arms up in disbelief (you're not the only one) as Federer serves out the game to love. All one way traffic.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 1-0* Federer: Djokovic will crucially serve first in this deciding set which it has to be said is a signficant advantage. He nervelessly holds, after being broken twice in a row by Federer at the end of the fourth.
17:28: For a player who has lost four of the last five grand slams, how might the blow of failing to serve out for the title and that missed match point be for Novak Djokovic? Federer won five games in a row to set up this fifth set. What more drama is to follow?
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 Federer: Will we see a hold of serve? Only had a handful in this set. Federer goes long but sees Djokovic find the net before an ace puts him two points away from leveling the match. Djokovic barely reaches a miss-hit from Federer and chips long. Federer takes the first of two set points and we're into a fifth. Five games in a row from the 17-time grand slam champion. Why should we be surprised?
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-6* Federer: Federer charges at the Djokovic serve and gets some change. Now a double fault from Djokovic and a long forehand and Federer without doing anything has three break points. Djokovic can't buy a first serve but his second is a stunner and Federer can barely get a racquet on it. A miss-hit on the next serve gives Djokovic a reprieve but he goes long with a forehand and Federer has turned it around. Goodness knows what wil happen next.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) *5-5 Federer:It seems an age since Federer held his own serve and Djokovic plays a sublime forehand winner to make it an uphill struggle. The Serb then goes long with a forehand before a backhand drifts into the tramlines. A untimely double-fault lets Djokovic back in and he can smell the title once again, and a netted backhand from Federer brings up the first match point. An ace from Fedeer, initially called out, saves him before a second brings up a valuable game point. Djokovic produces a rabbit of the hat with his return and force deuce again but Federer has all the answers again, finding a first serve and forehand pass. Djokovic then nets as Federer wins the third game in a row. We're entering stunning match territory.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-4* Federer: Djokovic goes very, very long with a forehand. Now a first serve escapes him and he nets a backhand. Federer as hard as ever in this game as he clings on to his Wimbledon dream. Djokovic gets on the board at last but Federer has a look at a second serve which he duly nets on the forehand side. Let off for Djokovic but Federer keeps on coming and sets up a break point. Djokovic wrongly challenges a first serve called out and after being awfully tentative Federer takes advantage of a Djokovic slip and breaks back.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) *5-3 Federer: Federer serving to stay in the championship and he produces the perfect start, with two first serves with new tennis balls, before a calm forehand winner puts him in command. Djokovic to serve for the title.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-2* Federer: Djokovic is pounding the ground like never before and even Federer now seemingly has no answer. But the door opens just a little, with Federer volleying from the net after storming forward. Now Djokovic is craving a first serve but despite not finding it, Federer nets a forehand. Now it's Djokovic's turn to come forward and he drops a volley short of Federer to bring a valuable game point, which he takes. One game away from the title.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) *4-2 Federer: Now the momentum has switched Federer's way but he needs a solid hold to get a foothold in this set. Djokovic forces the mistake to get to 15-all but an overhead gives Fed back the advantage. The support for Federer is getting a tad out of hand you feel and Djokovic reacts in the perfect way with a fine backhand down the line, which Federer leaves. He's made to pay, as Federer goes long with a backhand cross-court and he nets the running forehand. Three breaks in a row.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 3-2* Federer: You fancy Federer won't get many more chances but he gets to 0-30 on the Djokovic serve after a long forehand. Djokovic produces a champion's responce, with a serve down the T but a smash volley from the Fed gives him two break back points. A stunning cross-court forehand converts the first of them and we'e back on serve. Amazing stuff.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) *3-1 Federer: A fourth double fault gives Djokovic a foot-hold and now a long forehand gives Djokovic his chance to take one step towards the title. Three break points as a jaded Federer swings wide. He saves the first, sending Djokovic into the corner and then the second with a stunning overhead volley. Djokovic goes wide with a forehand down the line and Federer ups his level but he can't keep Djokovic out for long to bring up a fourth break point of the game. Federer blinks first with a long forehand and Djokovic has the break.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 2-1* Federer: Djokovic is reaching his very best in this fourth set, which is threatening to see Federer's chances unravel. A hold to 15 as Federer sees another game go by the wayside.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) *1-1 Federer: Djokovic takes another fall but picks himself straihgt back up and bangs a forehand return down the line. The Federer aces keep on coming however and Djokovic has no responce.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 1-0 Federer: A fan of Federer or not, but it's impossible to deny have steady the Djokovic serve has been. Not broken once today and he produces more heroics with a hold to love.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) Federer: The destiny of the Wimbledon title could well be dictated by the result of this tiebreak. Federer starts with a customary ace but Djokovic hits back and via a net cord deflection and a long Federer forehand, takes a 4-2 lead at the changeover. More controvercy involving hawkeye as Federer challenges a forehand called long, and is correct but he fails to get himself back into the match he he sends a forehand wildly wide. Djokovic will serve for the set at 5-4 and a senational forehand which finds the line is followed by a wide Federer backhand to convert the first of two set points.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 6-6 Federer: Can Djokovic keep his nerve to force a second tiebreak? He starts well, chipping Federer into the corner before volleying a winner. Federer nets a return to all but gift Djokovic the game and we have another tiebreak.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 *5-6 Federer: Federer makes a half volley on the baseline look all too easy and Djokovic has his returns in check too, to put the pressure on. He nets a routine backhand and protests a call from the crowd put him off. Djokovic challenges a Federer ace correctly and it pays dividends, getting to deuce with a zipping forehand. Djokovic volleys the very next point but Federer finds the net to bring up a break point. A serve to the body sees Djokovic miss out but a long Federer backhand gives him a second chance but he goes long from a booming Federer serve. Two more aces for Federer, bringing up to 20, gets him out of jail. Facinating game.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 5-5* Federer: Can Federer exert any pressure on the Djokovic serve, which has since the first game look inpenetrable. The Swiss Davis Cup player continues to press forward but has no answer to Djokovic's whipped forehand winner. An 81mph winner from Novak there and he repeats the trick on the other side with a beautiful cross-court backhand as Djokovic holds.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 *4-5 Federer: And now Federer responds in kind with four straight aces. Super stuff from these two.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 4-4* Federer: Djokovic holds to love. Pressure back on Federer.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 *3-4 Federer: No doubt the crowd is well behind Federer, even more so after that line call, and the Swiss storms to a simple hold.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 3-3* Federer: A 'come one' from Federer as he wins the opening point of the game. But now some controvercy as Federer hits the ball onto the line, which was originally called out but then overruled - made worse as Djokovic skewd the forehand well wide. The point to replayed but Federer is visibly disappointed and Djokovic holds.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 *2-3 Federer: Back to the routine service games as Federer holds to love.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 2-2* Federer: Bit of life to this set at last as Federer plays a nice half-volley onto the line. Djokovic hits back with a superb serve down the T and when Federer goes long with a forehand the 2011 champion has a grip on the game. Another solid overhead gives him the game.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 *1-2 Federer: Federer holds to love. Three games in no time.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 1-1* Federer: Djokovic produces a stunning backhand cross-court to take the game. Going at a bit of a pace at the start of the third.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 *0-1 Federer: Federer's serve returns to its reliable best to start the set of in the best way possible.
15:50: Both players have left the court for a toilet break. We're into a two out of three set match now and you feel the momentum is with Djokovic going into this third set.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 Federer: We tick past the 90 minute mark and this is as bid a game as this final has seen. Federer finds the tramlines with a wide forehand but the next one overextends Djokovic, who finds the net. Djokovic finds his range with his serve but then makes another mistake on the backhand side to go to 30-30. Djokovic finds a first serve but then dumps a forehand long to give Federer a break point. A first serve a solid forehand saves it for Djokovic and an ace brings up a valuable set point. Djokovic finds an overhead winner to square the match.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) *5-4 Federer: Hold to love for Federer. Chance to get into the Djokovic serve.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 5-3* Federer: Djokovic hoping to repeat his last service game and with some longer rallies the Serbian is taking control.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) *4-3 Federer: Federer follows the trend with a quick hold with another ace.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 4-2* Federer: After some long games at the start of this set, we're rolling through now and Djokovic holds to 15 too. Calm before the storm perhaps.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) *3-2 Federer: Federer completes his most comfortable service game to 15 to keep the pressure on Djokovic.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 3-1* Federer: Djokovic having treatment on his ankle during the changeover. Worth keeping an eye on that as he looks to consolidate this break. Now Federer goes down mid-point but it doesn't look serious but Djokovic has problems seeing this one, losing a 40-0 lead as Federer brings up deuce. Djokovic thinks he's found a way out but goes long with a forehand. A backhand pass brings up another game point but once again Federer does enough with a deep forehand cross-court. Djokovic volleys at the net and sees Federer net to eventually hold.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) *2-1 Federer: Djokovic goes to 0-30 as he looks to take a grip of this second set but Federer has other ideas, finding an ace to level the game and as Djokovic goes with a running forehand there is a smirk from the Serb. Djokovic does bring up deuce with a superb forehand into the corner. A Federer double-fault brings up a break-point as if from nowhere and he takes it with a cross-court pass.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 1-1 Federer: Djokovic shows some more reliability from his serve to hold with ease. Has called for the trainer though has Djokovic, presummably because of the fall in the previous game.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) 0-1 Federer: How Djokovic reacts to losing that first set will be crucial to the result of this match. Not a bad reaction in fairness, as Djokovic chips to go 30-30 and then brings up the first break point of the match as Federer miss hits a volley at the net. Djokovic overhits a second serve return but then bangs a running backhand down the line. Fine shot to bring up a second break point chance. A net cord deflection takes the ball out for Djokovic and now he is down hard at the back of the court as Federer brings up game point. Djokovic's power game returns to bring up deuce by he can't convert the half-chance, sending a chipped backhand wide. Federer holds.
15:06: Huge set for Federer to win that, after being on the back-foot for much of the match. Djokovic showed signs of frustrations thoughout and will be keen to stand firm, having not got the job done. Second set under way.
Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) Federer: Djokovic goes wide with a backhand to give Federer a mini-break and an ace give the Swiss a substancial lead. Djokovic keeps his end of the bargain with two points on his serve. Djokovic nets to give Federer a 4-2 lead on the changeover. Djokovic's double-hander is too good for Federer, who slices into the tramlines and then long beyond the baseline suddenly sees the tiebreak turned around. Another superb rally sees Federer prevail to level at 5-5 under huge pressure. Djokovic brings up a set point however, on his serve but Federer saves with a chip down the line. Federer slices into the net to bring up a second Djokovic set point but follows it up with his third ace of the match. Djokovic can't keep out another serve down the T and Federer has a first set point himself and he needs no second invitation as Djokovic dumps a bankhand into the net.
Djokovic 6-6 Federer: No nerves from Federer and even some delightful touch play with a drop shot, which maybe even he wasn't sure about, to hold for the tiebreak. Crucial, you feel.
Djokovic 6-5 Federer: Federer sends a return long at 15-all but a long Djokovic forehand gives Federer some encouragement. Bit of frustration from the Serb but he recovers though Federer finds a backhand down the line from nowhere to bring up deuce. Djokovic holds firm though, and secures at least a tiebreak in this first set, which has rolled by.
Djokovic 5-5 Federer: Federer finds the tram lines from a forehand off his feet and after a forehand volley which outfoxes the eight-time champion, Djokovic has 15-30. Another backhand exchange follow which sees Djokovic blink first. The Serbian dictates the next points, firing backhands cross-court and down the line before finding the net - Federer's defence impecable. An error brings up deuce and a brilliant point follows as Djokovic's elasticity sees him reach two amazing balls, before Federer drops one at the net and holds.
Djokovic 5-4 Federer: The Fed wins just the third point on the Djokovic serve to go 0-15, and now has a secod serve to look at. A gripping backhand exchange ensues and ends as Federer nets a flying backhand. A rare mistake from Djokovic sees him send a forehand wide from the middle of the court but a serve down the T gets him out of jail before an ace secures the lead. Federer will come out to serve to stay in the set.
Djokovic 4-4 Federer: Better start for Federer on his serve now but he remains tentative, and Djokovic continues to punish anything short. A serve an volley bails him out but a wayward forehand brings up deuce. A wide serve is again too good for Djokovic and a superb forehand winner squares the set.
Djokovic 4-3 Federer: Federer not gerting close the Djokovic serve now and despite a double-fault, he holds with ease. The seven-time slam champion is dictating here.
Djokovic 3-3 Federer: Federer using the serve down the T as his get out clause it seems, because anything wide Djokovic is swatting anything away. The Serbian can't get a break point but he's getting closer.
Djokovic 3-2 Federer: Djokovic is picking off Federer from the baseline with anything short and holds with ease for a 3-2 lead at the break.
Djokovic 2-2 Federer: Just a sign of the problems Federer will have if he can't get forward, and there is a lot of chipping on Federer's part to get himself back in points. Lovely volley from Fed brings up game point and Djokovic misses with a cross-cout backhand.
Djokovic 2-1 Federer: Several errors from Federer gives Djokovic the advantage again. Federer being notably pushed back early on.
Djokovic 1-1 Federer: The seven-time champion quickly into his stride with the first two points, but Djokovic nails a passing forehand after a lazy Federer volley. Now a sign of things to come you think, as Federer reaches a Djokovic chip, but a delicate drop brings up 30-30. A Federer ace gives him game point but Djokovic hits back. No doubt he wants these points short and sweet and another unreturned serve sees him get on the board.
Djokovic 1-0 Federer: Federer nets an early one-handed backhand before sending another long as Djokovic eases his way into the final. A touch of class from the Swiss gives us a glimmer of his variation. A Djokovic pass gives him the first game.
14:11: Here we go. Strap in. Djokovic serving.
14:08: Having lost four of this last five grand slam final appearances, there is plenty of pressure on Novak Djokovic to break that run at Wimbledon. Argubally, the pressure is off Federer, who already has a record 17 slams to his name and few expected to add to that number given the emergence of a recent back problem.
14:04: Several sporting greats in the royal box for this final. David Beckham and Sir Chris Hoy are among them. For those wanting updates on those celebrities watching the match live, other publications are available.
14:03: Both Djokovic and Federer applauded onto centre court at SW19. Brief warm-up to follow before we get to the meat of the afternoon. Could be a classic this one.
13:56: You would be forgiven for being as interested with the rivalry off the court, as on it this afternoon given the illustrious names in each players' box today. Novak Djokovic's appointment of Boris Becker and Roger Federer's recruitment of Stefan Edberg means we have a repeat of the 1990 Wimbledon off court, as well as a classic meeting between two modern-day greats on it. For those Royal fans among you, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's weekend sporting tour continues at the All England Club, after both helped start the Tour de France in Yorkshire yesterday. Prince Harry meanwhile, it at Silverstone.
13:48: Djokovic might be looking to regain the world No.1 ranking, but it would be fair to say his opponent Federer has looked more impressive during his route to the final. The Swiss has dropped just a single set in his six matches, that coming against Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter final, but otherwise Federer has been faultless during the last fortnight. Djokovic has spent significantly more time on court, needing four sets to beat Radek Stepanek in round two and Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-final while he recovered from two sets to one down to overcome Marin Cilic in the last eight.
13:42: These two players need little introduction of course, but who holds the upper hand heading into their 35th career meeting? Federer possesses a 18-16 win record over the Serbian and has prevailed in two of their last three meetings. Federer has won the only meeting on grass, while he has won two of the three matches in London.
13:30: Though not the final us British tennis fans wanted 12 months on from Andy Murray's history victory at the All England Club, this afternoon's 2014 Wimbledon men's singles final provide no little gravitas this year. In Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer we have two of the finest players of any generation, both looking to add to their substancial major haul. Djokovic, who has appeared in each of the last five grand slam finals, is seeking a seventh slam, while Federer is hoping to extend his record to 18 majors, while claiming his eighth at SW19. We're due to start at 2pm, and thankfully without a roof on this overcast Sunday afternoon.