Wimbledon: Roger Federer 'missed incredible opportunity' to beat Novak Djokovic

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Federer, who claimed "the stars are aligned" after beating Rafael Nadal in the last four, had been bidding to become the oldest ever grand slam singles champion but never led a tireless opponent, his errors at crucial moments proving costly.

Djokovic doggedly fought off consecutive match points on Federer's serve in an epic final set to carve out a nerve-shredding 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3) victory. That's more more than any other male player, Pete Sampras won seven singles titles at the All England Club, but with a win, Federer would match Martina Navratilova's mark nine singles titles at Wimbledon.

Newspapers stressed that the world number who is now level on five Wimbledon titles with Bjorn Borg is the first man in 70 years to win the title after recovering from two match points down.

Roger Federer belatedly revealed the depth of his disappointment last night as he rued "such an incredible opportunity missed" after his agonising Wimbledon final defeat to Novak Djokovic. I had answers so did he and we played some great tennis.

Federer, who during Wimbledon set two new landmarks in winning his 100th match at the championships and his 350th match at a Grand Slam, said setting the record was not what motivated him as a player.

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Federer announced his decision to skip the ATP Tour event in Montreal after losing the men's Wimbledon final on Sunday. I don't know what I feel right now.

Ultimately, Djokovic's unyielding intensity and athleticism prevailed in the face of Federer's lovely, hypnotic, flowing strokes as the two preternaturally gifted men toyed with their own different forms of perfection on one of the world's greatest sporting stages. "You have that kind of electric atmosphere, that kind of noise", said Djokovic.

"I will try to forget but it was a great match", he said. "When you don't, then you have to find it within, I guess", Novak Djokovic added.

Rather than seize the initiative by kicking on in the second, though, Djokovic swiftly fell two breaks behind, an awkward slip to concede the first break point setting the tone. Djokovic had seen off Federer in straight sets in the semi-finals.

Speaking to the on-court after the match, Federer made it clear that he intends to put this in his rearview mirror. Federer's mediocre approach shot provided Djokovic an opening for a backhand pass that earned a break and a 4-2 lead.

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