Novak Djokovic defeats Roger Federer in 5 sets to win Wimbledon final

(CNN) -- Novak Djokovic fought off a valiant challenge from seven-time champion Roger Federer Sunday to win the Wimbledon men's singles title for the second time after a five-set thriller on Centre Court.

It was a performance of typical determination from the Serbian top seed, who shrugged off the disappointment of failing to convert a match point in a pulsating fourth set to wrap it up in the decider.

Leading 5-4, he forged two more match points on the Federer service and when the Swiss maestro dumped a backhand into the net, Djokovic was champion again.

After dropping the opener on a tiebreak to the 32-year-old Federer, Djokovic took the next two sets and twice moved a break clear in the fourth set.

But each time Federer fought back, cheered to the echo by the crowd. After saving the first match point he broke Djokovic for third time to force a fifth set.

The momentum was now with the 17-time grand slam champion, but not the for the first time in his career Djokovic dug deep to find a way to win. It was his seventh triumph at the highest level.

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