Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Djokovic looks like he could catch Federer, Nadal

Djokovic looks like he could catch Federer, Nadal

Novak Djokovic on Sunday said that his epic, record-breaking Wimbledon final triumph over Roger Federer was the "toughest mentally" he had ever endured.

Newspapers stressed that the world number who is now level on five Wimbledon titles with Bjorn Borg is the first man in 70 years to win the title after recovering from two match points down. Djokovic wins a Big Title about one out of every three opportunities (3.3), better than Rafael Nadal (3.5) and Federer (4.2).

The Serbian continues to top the ranking with 12,415 points, followed by Nadal (7,945) and Federer (7,460). "Whether I'm going to be able to do it or not, I don't know".

"I hope next year, if they played again, it would be more even", said the German.

The Danas daily paper said the match offered the public "all that can be seen in a ideal tennis match... suspense, drama and a happy ending ... for Djokovic". "I'm not really looking at age as a restriction of any kind for me at least".

"When the crowd is chanting "Roger" I hear 'Novak, '" the Serb said.

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"I didn't become a tennis player for that". When asked if he sees himself still playing at 37, Djokovic said the motivation to be treated with the same respect is strong. One statistic that went in Djokovic's favor however was unforced errors as Federer had 62, while Djokovic had 52. The other three have been split between Stan Wawrinka (two) and Andy Murray (one).

"It had all the ingredients that it could've had, with Federer's two match-points, the length [of the match]. although the data shows that the 2008 final was better". "I just try to never lose self-belief, just stay calm, just focus on trying to get the ball back, return, which wasn't serving me very well today".

For the first time, a fifth-set tie-break at 12 games all was required to determine the victor, with the defending champion eventually prevailing after saving two match points earlier in the contest. "But in the most important moments, all three tiebreaks I guess, I found my best game".

Jul 14, 2019; London, United Kingdom; Novak Djokovic (SRB) in action during the mens final match against Roger Federer (SUI) on day 13 at the All England Lawn and Croquet Club.

Faced with two match points against him, the Serbian dug deep to silence a partisan Centre Court. "That's what I play for".

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