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Novak Djokovic, right, and Roger Federer embrace after yesterday's dramatic final

Novak Djokovic: I had to beat crowd and Federer to win final

Novak Djokovic admitted last night that his biggest rival in the Wimbledon final was not Roger Federer, the eight-time champion in front of him, but the 15,000 fans packed into Centre Court.

From first ball till last, they were cheering for their favourite, Federer. Even in the normally decorous Royal Box, the suited and booted were out of their posh, padded chairs to roar and cheer when Federer broke back in the fifth set.

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