Roger Federer's quest to surpass Pete Sampras as the outright player with the most amount of Wimbledon titles has ended for the second year in succession by Novak Djokovic who secured his third SW19 win - the same as his coach Boris Becker.
The Serbian's win by three sets to one (7-6 6-7 6-4 6-3) makes him the first person since his Swiss counterpart in 2007 to win back-to-back titles at the famous grass court arena, although he was made to work hard by the current world number two who took the opening two sets to enthralling tie-breaks.
The turning point came in the third set as Federer lost his serve to go 3-2 down before the only rain delay of the game took over. From then on it looked as though the 33-year-old, who was attempting to become the oldest Wimbledon champion ever surpassing Arthur Ashe who was 31 in 1975, was going to lose.
However, in the opening two sets the Swiss and former world number one was every bit as equal as the current world number.
The second set was perhaps the most exciting of the game as the 17-time Grand Slam winner kept his composure to win the second set on his second set point whilst Djokovic dropped eight set points and momentarily lost his cool.
In a very even contest Djokovic then went on to produce the best tennis of the day by winning 14 out of 15 games between the majority of the first set and the beginning of the second set.
Djokovic's win enables him to consign the shock French Open final loss to Stan Wawrinka to the past, levels the head-to-head record with Federer which now stands at 20-20 and makes the claim for the Serbian being the greatest of all-time even greater.