Djokovic wins 2nd set to level Wimbledon final

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their men's singles final at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday July 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic won the second set 6-4 to level his Wimbledon final Sunday with seven-time champion Roger Federer at one set each.

Federer won the first set 7-6 (7).

Djokovic fell awkwardly in the first game of the second set and called for a trainer immediately after he broke Federer's serve to take a 2-1 lead. The trainer worked on Djokovic's left ankle.

It was only the second time in this tournament that Federer had his serve broken — the other came in Federer's quarterfinal win over fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, when he dropped his only set of the tournament before the final.

The Serbian player consolidated that break after taking a 40-love lead that eventually went to deuce three times. Djokovic faced a break point — his first of the match — while serving for the second set but clinched it with an overhead smash.

Federer led 3-0 in the first-set tiebreaker but later had three unforced backhand errors to let Djokovic back into the decider. An ace and service winner later helped create set point, when Djokovic hit a backhand into the net.

The high-quality first set featured plenty of serve and volleying from Federer and a series of slice shots by both players during one lengthy rally in the ninth game.

Djokovic started serving strongly, losing only two points in his first four service games, and one of those came on a double-fault.

It was only the second time the two have met in a Grand Slam final — Federer won in straight sets at the 2007 U.S. Open.

A victory by Djokovic would return him to the No. 1 ranking for the first time since September of last year, taking over from Rafael Nadal. Djokovic first rose to No. 1 when he won his only Wimbledon title in 2011, although he was already guaranteed of securing the top ranking even before beating Nadal in the final.

Watching Sunday's final from the Royal Box were Prince William and his wife, Kate, David Beckham and actors Bradley Cooper, Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Hemsworth.