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 championship.
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.