Djokovic beats Federer in titanic Wimbledon final

Brenda Watkins
July 14, 2019

Three-time Wimbledon victor John McEnroe previewed the Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic - and gave his thoughts on who would win. It's been a rock solid year (for me)... the stars are aligned right now.

Djokovic's 16th grand slam title vaulted the Serbian superstar to within four of Federer's record 20 and two behind Rafael Nadal's 18.

An emotional Federer looked over towards his wife and children in his box during the trophy presentation, perhaps an acknowledgement that less than four weeks from his 38th birthday his opportunities for more Grand Slams may be limited.

Djokovic, 32, saved two match points to reach the fifth-set tiebreaker, becoming the first man since 1948 to save championship points in the final and go on to win.

When Djokovic beat Federer in the 2014 final he won 65% of his second serve points (Federer 44%) and a year later Djokovic won 60% on his second ball (Federer 48%).

Having dropped to his lowest ranking since 2006, and without a major title since the 2016 French Open, world number 21 Djokovic entered Wimbledon still looking for some form after surgery on his elbow.

"We all know how good he is anywhere, but especially here", Djokovic said of the Swiss.

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Djokovic moved 6-3 ahead and, after the final point had to be replayed following a Hawkeye challenge, he could celebrate victory when a tired Federer framed a forehand.

He took to Twitter to congratulate his opponent, writing a very warm message that has since been "liked" nearly 100,000 times.

"Oh well, I hope I give some other people a chance to believe at 37 it's not over yet", Federer said. So for players maybe like Nadal or myself that like to have a little more time, it's a constant pressure that you have to deal with. Of course, I'm going to be excited and nervous and everything that you can think of. We had a great week here and I love them and it's back to (being) dad and husband.

They had played each other 47 times previously with Djokovic holding a 25-22 head-to-head edge. I had my chances.

"Federer's serve is not that hard, but well placed... so Novak will get a play on most serves and then he's in the rally straight away".

"This was if not the most exciting and most thrilling final I was ever part of, then definitely top two or three against one of the greatest of all time", said the jubilant world No.1.

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