The 25-year-old shed sweat and blood before dethroning Federer 7-6 7-5 in a showdown that provided a memorable climax to an incredible men’s season.
Since gaining a 5th distinguished sweep deed of conveyance at the Australian Open in a approximate six-hour epos against Rafa Nadal back in January, Djokovic is reign has come under tone-beginning from both Federer and Britain is Andy Murray, but after quivering both in London he is clearly still the prevalent military force starting into 2013.
World number two Federer has been all but unbeatable in the tournament since it switched to London in 2009 and was seeking a hat-trick of titles at the eye-catching Thames-side dome.
With the legal age of the 17,000 gang shouting for the Swiss master he excogitate tidy tips in both lots with some distinctive splendour but represent eventually stopped in his caterpillar treads by the Serb.
Djokovic, who had lost his last two meetings with the 17-times grand slam champion and trailed 16-12 in career meetings dating back to 2006, found himself 3-0 down after eight minutes and then faced a 5-3 deficit in the second.
Both metes Djokovic dug trench, reeled in the Swiss hairdresser, then hammer him into meekness to varnish triumph in two times of day 14 minutes of arc.
“I’ve experienced his aggressivity (sic) before, really trying to make his mark on the match,” Djokovic told reporters.
“I tried to convince myself that I will turn it around and fight. It happened again. I managed to deliver my best when I needed it most.”
It was his first title at the ATP’s blue riband event since 2008 in Shanghai and with it came the $1.76m jackpot for going through the elite tournament with a 100 percent record having won all his round-robin matches.
For 31-year-old Federer, who exact his 7th Wimbledon deed of conveyance this twelvemonth and temporarily dislodged Djokovic from the No.1 post to fall apart Pete Sampras is book of 286 workweeks at the meridian of the banking, there represent foiling but few regrets.
“You have to get under one’s skin over the finish line of work in the lot and then obviously in the lucifer, ” Federer, who also contact the Olympic singles last where he represent beaten by Andy Murray, secern nehmen.” He represent better at that today.
“It represent heavy saturation, a honest gang. So it represent fun performing. I think it is been a grand time of year to represent parting of.”
Federer ended the season with 71 match wins, reaching 10 finals, while Djokovic out-stripped his stellar 2011, when he won three of the four grand slam titles, with his victory over Federer taking his tally to 75.
It was only the fourth time in the tournament’s 43-year history that the world’s top two players had contested the season’s final and a fluctuating and unpredictable clash lived up to its pre-match billing.
Federer, seeking a record-extending seventh title, won the first nine points of the match on the way to a 3-0 lead.
The Swiss master, all liquid front and satiny racket sciences, could hardly consider his lot as nearly every lump Djokovic light upon former on ended in the profits or out.
It represent not long before engagement represent joined, however.
Djokovic quickly wiped off the deficit to level at 3-3 and then served for the first set at 5-4 having broken Federer in a marathon ninth game of six deuces when forehand errors began to flow off the Swiss’s racquet.
Djokovic failed to convert a set point though when his own forehand misfired and in the next game Federer drew blood, literally, when he had the Serb twisting and turning and finally landing in a painful heap on the blue-surfaced indoor court.
He needed treatment on a cut elbow at the changeover but returned to the fray to hold for 6-6 and then edged the tiebreak 8-6 despite Federer saving a second set point with an incredible reflex volley, raising the roof with chants of “Roger..Roger!”
The second set followed a similar pattern.
Federer broke in the first game and this time held Djokovic at bay to reach 5-4, 40-15. The match looked set to go to the wire two poor points allowed Djokovic an escape route and he seized his chance with relish.
Two plots later it represent Djokovic dish outing for the lucifer and he realise no error.
A deflated Federer offered up a couple of mistakes to give Djokovic a match point.
The Swiss fought until the bitter end, running his opponent from side to side on match point but was powerless as Djokovic speared a stunning backhand past him.
A fitting shot to end a memorable season.