Novak Djokovic described his dramatic Wimbledon win over Roger Federer as the “most special” of his career after it ended his losing run in finals.
The Serb, 27, won 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 6-4 after missing a championship point and letting a 5-2 lead slip in the fourth set, the BBC reports.
By winning the fifth set, Djokovic ended a run of three straight defeats – and five out of six – in major finals.
“It’s the most special Grand Slam final I’ve played,” he said.
“At this time of my career for this Grand Slam trophy to arrive is crucial, especially after losing several Grand Slam finals in a row.
Djokovic added a second Wimbledon title to his 2011 triumph and has now won seven Grand Slam titles, joining John McEnroe and Mats Wilander in the all-time list, led by Federer on 17.
He also moves past the six titles of Boris Becker, the man he brought in as head coach at the beginning of 2014.