Bianca Andreescu defeated Serena Williams for the women's title on Saturday. In the round of 16, both the men's and women's singles champions lost out on their bid to defend their titles. Novak Djokovic, who was aiming for his fifth Grand Slam title in his last six attempts, withdrew with a shoulder injury in the middle of the third set against Stan Wawrinka.
Rafael Nadal right and Joao Sousa left playing in the fourth round Having previously beaten Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, Federer was attempting to become only the second player, after compatriot Stan Wawrinka , to defeat both Djokovic and Nadal in the same Grand Slam tournament.
If he had won, it would have marked only the fifth time that one member of the Big Three of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal, had defeated the two other members of the Big Three in the same Grand Slam event, with Djokovic having done it once in and Nadal three times in , and , although Djokovic was not as successful as the other two players until , which is when the term Big Three was coined later expanded to the Big Four from September until about to include Andy Murray upon him winning his first Grand Slam singles title at the US Open.
This tournament marked the retirement of former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis , after he lost in the second round.
Federer's third round win was also his th overall at the Grand Slam level. The semifinals marked the first meeting at Wimbledon between Federer and Nadal since the final , a match regarded by many as the greatest match in tennis history. Upon reaching 12—12 in the fifth set, a classic tie break would be played.
The men's singles final was the first final, as well as the first singles match, in which the new rule came into effect, with Djokovic winning the tie break 7—3.