Landmark Wimbledon Men's Final draws nearly 10 million viewers

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by Charlie Spargo
Djokovic is the 2019 Wimbledon Men's Singles champion

2019's Wimbledon Men's Singles Final, between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, drew peak viewership of 9.6 million, the BBC has revealed.

The five-set match, which took place on July 14th, lasted just under five hours and was won by Djokovic, handing him his fifth Wimbledon title. It was also the occasion of the first ever tie break to decide the final set of a Wimbledon final.

Drawing 9.6 million viewers at its peak moment, the match was therefore the most watched sporting event of the day across all TV Channels.

The players were closely matched throughout the match, with Federer reaching two match points in the fifth set, but in the end Djokovic won the final tie-break to take the title.

After the match, the reigning champion said it was: “If not the most exciting and thrilling finals of my career, in the top two or three and against the greatest player of all time.

"As Roger said, we both had our chances. It’s quite unreal to be two match points down and come back - and a bit strange to play the tie-break at 12-all."

Novak Djokovic was the winner of 2018's Wimbledon Championship, beating the South African Kevin Anderson. This title takes him to 16 Grand Slam singles titles, at the age of 32.

Roger Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles - the most in history for a male player.