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Djokovic breaks Federer's dream to claim third Wimbledon title

World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Swiss ace Roger Federer to clinch his third Wimbledon title and a ninth Grand Slam crown on Sunday.

Djokovic won 7-6 (7/1), 6-7 (10/12), 6-4, 6-3 to add this year's Wimbledon title to the Australian Open he captured in January. "It's a big challenge playing against Roger. A lot of players of my generation have looked up to him and followed his lead," said Djokovic who now has the same number of Wimbledon titles as coach Boris Becker who won his first 30 years ago.

"I knew coming on the court that Roger is going to play like he always plays, at his best when it matters the most. He makes you work hard every single point."

Federer, 33, was disappointed at the end as Djokovic shattered his dream to become the oldest Wimbledon champion of the Open Era. The 17-time major winner has not won a Grand Slam since 2012.

"Novak played not only good today but the whole two weeks, the whole year, last year and the year before that," said Federer. "I had my chances in the first set. I got lucky to win the second, had chances in the third. But he was better on the bigger points. He was rock solid, I didn't play badly myself. That's how it goes."

Federer got some opportunities but he managed to convert just one of seven break points in the match and as he pressed, he committed 35 unforced errors to Djokovic's 16.

Sunday's final was the 40th career meeting between the two and 12th in the Grand Slams.

Djokovic was playing in his 17th major final compared to Federer's 26th.

Djokovic dedicated his victory to Coach Boris Becker.

"It's definitely been a long run since we started working together," Djokovic said. "It took a while to understand each other. He is German, I'm Serbian, so there are a significant differences."