Top 5 Photos, July 14: Djokovic displays immense grit in Wimbledon win

Top 5 Photos, July 14: Djokovic displays immense grit in Wimbledon win

The reigning winner saved two championship points, becoming the first player in 71 years to rally back from match point down in a Wimbledon final.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer defined the true meaning of a champion through their captivating play, will to win, and fight until the end on Sunday.

The two celebrated figures battled through a near five-hour epic final match with the reigning Wimbledon champion Djokovic prevailing in the end with his 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) triumph. These are the Top 5 photos from the awe-inspiring battle at SW19.

1. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and eight-time winner Roger Federer took Centre Court for Sunday's final in an all too-familiar setting, as the two had combined to win 13 of the last 17 Wimbledon titles. Djokovic entered the encounter having won eight of his past 10 meetings with Federer.

2. Kate Middleton and Prince William attended the highly-anticipated men's final in the Royal Box, with the Duchess of Cambridge also presenting the winner's trophy following the thrilling final. Middleton also spent Saturday watching Simona Halep defeat Serena Williams in the women's singles final alongside the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. 

3. The first set was full of impressive shot-making and tremendous focus by both Federer and Djokovic. The reigning Wimbledon champion trailed 3-5 in the opening tiebreaker, but rallied to capture the set. However, Djokovic's intensity and energy levels did not translate heading into the second set and his sluggish play was pounced on by a composed Federer, who leveled the clash by winning the second set, 6-1.

4. Similar to their 2014 Wimbledon final, the match went the distance after Federer claimed a shaky fourth set. Federer had the match on his strings but Djokovic saved two championship points with the Swiss serving at 8-7, 40-15. In the first Wimbledon men's singles match decided by a final set tiebreaker, Djokovic once again stepped up under pressure to seal his 16th Grand Slam title. Following his triumph, the Serb took his traditional bite of grass, and it seems victory is pretty sweet. 

5. Djokovic, now a five-time Wimbledon winner, is the first player in 71 years to come back from match point down to prevail in a championship at the All England Club.  With this win, Djokovic denied the Swiss a 21st major title and instead closed the gap on Federer's record to four majors, with Rafael Nadal sandwiched in between the two at 18.