Roger Federer of Switzerland has captured his fifth consecutive Wimbledon tennis title by defeating nemesis Rafael Nadal of Spain in a five-set epic.

Federer appeared to be in trouble in the fifth set Sunday before turning the tables and holding on for a 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 victory.

With the win, Federer becomes the first man to win five straight titles at the All England Tennis Club since Sweden's Bjorn Borg did it between 1976 and 1980.

The Swiss star also stretched his grass-court winning streak to 53, his Wimbledon winning streak to 34 and is tied for third on the all-time list with 11 major titles.

The victory was just Federer's fifth against Nadal in 13 meetings. The Spaniard has defeated Federer in the past two French Open finals to spoil his bid to complete a career Grand Slam.

Federer is the world's top-ranked player.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.