WIMBLEDON, England -- Roger Federer needed an uncharacteristic five sets to capture his fifth straight Wimbledon title.
Federer continued his All England Club greatness beating Rafael
Nadal 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 for his eleventh Grand Slam title.
It's the first time Federer played a fifth set in a major
The top-ranked Swiss player saved four break points early in the
fifth set, two at 1-1 and two at 2-2. Then with Nadal serving at
3-2, Federer converted his second break point with a forehand
winner after a 14-stroke rally that included some of the best shots
of the match.
It was Federer's first break since the second game of the match.
Nadal was playing his third five-set match in this rain-plagued
tournament and was on court for a seventh straight day.
Leading 4-1 in the fourth set, the Spaniard called for a trainer
to treat his right knee. He returned with tape below the knee cap
but it didn't seem to slow him.
Federer finished with 24 aces, 65 winners and 34 unforced
errors. Nadal had 50 winners and 24 unforced errors.