Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic retains title after gripping five-set final with Roger Federer

Djokovic, the defending champion won 7-6, 2-6, 7-6, 1-6, 13-12 on Sunday (Monday morning NZ time).

It was an epic encounter between two of the greatest tennis players of all-times.

The scene was set for a cliffhanger with a tiebreaker in the first set, won 7-6 by Djokovic.

Federer, 37, fought back imperiously to take the second set, 6-2.

But Djokovic, 32, prevailed 7-6 in the third after another tiebreaker.

Federer broke the Serb's serve in the fourth to win 6-4 and take the tussle to a fifth set decider.

Semi-final bound Federer makes history with 100th Wimbledon win

Nishikori capitalised on a sloppy first set from the 20-time major champion to take the initiative on Wednesday, but normal service was resumed as the second seed triumphed 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-4.

It was another landmark day for the Swiss, who is the first man to claim a century of singles wins at a grand slam event.

Nadal will take on old foe Rafael Nadal, who defeated Sam Querrey in straight sets, in the last four after striking 55 winners and 12 aces in another imperious Centre Court display.

Federer ahead of Nadal at Wimbledon

Confirmation came from tournament organisers on Wednesday, after Nadal had pre-empted their announcement by speaking out to express his dissatisfaction at the move.

For the grass-court grand slam that starts next Monday, eight-time champion Federer will be the second seed and two-time winner Nadal the third seed, reversing their positions in the ATP standings.

Wimbledon formulates its men's singles seedings based on world rankings and grass-court results over the last two years, and on the latter basis Federer has a better record than the Spaniard.

Djokovic back to threaten Federer's reign

Federer, who faces Denis Istomin on Monday night to launch his quest for an Open hat-trick, has owned the Open since his stunning return to grand slam glory with an epic victory two years ago over Rafael Nadal.

But his latest reign coincided with Djokovic's mystifying slump during which the Serb dropped to No.22 in the world and was barely a factor at the majors.

Djokovic is undoubtedly back, the 31-year-old rediscovering his mojo in winning Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 to regain the No.1 ranking and top seeding status for the Open.

Roger Federer hoping for another good year

Federer's career looked to be on the wane after he sat out most of 2016 with a serious knee injury.

But the 37-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable resurgence over the past two years, with the world No.3's hot form further cementing his status as the greatest ever player.

Federer won the Australian Open and Wimbledon among seven tournament wins in 2017.

And he added another Australian Open crown in 2018 to take his career grand slam title tally to 20.

Tendulkar offers Fed cricket lesson

The 20-time grand slam champion eased to a straight-sets win over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino on Monday to book a place in the quarter-finals at SW19.

At the start of the third set, Federer went long from the baseline and after Mannarino returned, Federer drove the ball off the court with the sort of technique akin to that of Tendulkar or fellow India legend Virat Kohli.

The ICC, at the behest of the Wimbledon Twitter account, subsequently posted a mocked-up image of Federer atop its batting rankings on social media.

Nadal not chasing Federer

Nadal brushed aside Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-3 6-2 on Court Philippe Chatrier to add to his record haul at Roland Garros.

The Spaniard will remain world number one rather than Federer following his latest triumph in Paris, where he became only the second player to triumph more than 10 times at the same major - Margaret Court being the other.

Nadal showed he still has a burning desire for success at the age of 32, but said he is not motivated by chasing down long-time rival Federer. 

Federer reflects on 'special' week

The 36-year-old's quarter-final victory over Robin Haase on Friday ensured he will become the oldest man to be world number one and he eased to a 6-2 6-2 victory over Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday to maintain his perfect record this season.

Federer now has an astonishing 97 career titles to his name and was on cloud nine after taking less than an hour to see off Dimitrov, a success which means he will remain the top-ranked player going into BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Federer becomes oldest ATP world number one

Fresh from winning his 20th grand slam title in Melbourne this month, Federer took a wildcard into the ABN AMRO World Tennis event with his eyes fixed on a return to number one for the first time since November 2012 at the age of 36 years and 195 days.

Needing to reach the last four to overtake great rival Rafael Nadal, Federer showed some early nerves in his quarter-final clash in the port city's Ahoy Arena, dropping serve in the ninth game on his way to conceding the first set.

Federer to face Haase

The Swiss maestro, who last held the top ranking in November 2012, will return to the summit if he reaches the semi-finals at the ATP 500 event.

After seeing off Ruben Bemelmans in the first round, two-time champion Federer came through 7-6 (10-8) 7-5 against Philipp Kohlschreiber in a hard-fought battle on Thursday.

That secured his place in the last eight, before Haase overcame fellow Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor 6-4 6-0, fighting back from a break down in the opener and rescuing three break points in the first game of the second before cruising through.