Serbian Novak Djokovic denied Federer his historic Wimbledon win 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 12-10 (7-3) to retain the title he won last year to take him to 16 Grand Slam title.

The Epic showdown stretched more than two hours alone — was the first ever decided in a tiebreaker after games were locked at 12-all the showdown is also the longest singles final in Wimbedon history.

Djokovic beat Federer for the third time in a Wimbledon final (2014-15) and for the fifth consecutive time overall in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series (26-22). The Serbian also climbed ever closer to Federer’s all-time Grand Slam title record of 20 with his 16th major championship title and has now won 33 of his past 34 Grand Slam matches and four of the past five major championships.

“In these kinds of matches, you work for, you live for, they give sense and they give value to every minute you spend on the court training and working to get yourself in this position and play the match with one of your greatest rivals of all-time,” Djokovic said.

“I’m just obviously thrilled and overjoyed with emotions to be sitting here in front of you as a winner. It was one shot away from losing the match, as well. This match had everything. It could have gone easily his way.”