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Djokovic Bends But Does Not Break, Edges Federer For Fifth Wimbledon Title

WIMBLEDON, England — Sometimes you play brilliant tennis. You impose your will and you control the match and you make it abundantly clear that you are the best player on the court.

Other times, you fight. You claw. You sleep in the woods and eat worms and save two match points on the other guy's serve. You simply find a way.

This was the latter. Novak Djokovic didn't play his best tennis. Heck, Roger Federer might have been the better player on the day. But the world No. 1 dug deepest when it mattered most and edged Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 (3) to win his fifth Wimbledon and 16th Grand Slam title.