At his beloved Wimbledon, Roger Federer competed in both his first and last Major final. The first one occurred in 2003, while the most recent and final one took place in 2019. A few weeks before turning 38, Roger had a great opportunity to win the ninth Wimbledon championship by earning two match points against Novak Djokovic.
The Serb held them off and won in four hours and 57 minutes with a spectacular victory of 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, and 13-12. Ivan Ljubicic, Roger’s coach, acknowledged that the game still aches every time he considers it, seeing it as a huge chance for Roger.
The Swiss player had two match points and two break chances at 11-11 in the decider, as well as 14 more points won, four more breaks made, and 40 more winners than his opponent! He wasted it all, allowing Djokovic to win the championship in the longest Wimbledon final ever.
The Serb did it his all to stay in the game and battle the opponent who had the upper hand during the crucial portion of the contest. In order to win the 16th Major championship, he fended off the two match points on the return at 7-8 in the fifth set and shown steely grit in each of the three tie breaks.
Overall, the odds were in Federer‘s favor. When it mattered most, Djokovic performed what he had to do, propelled by the great inner power that allowed him defeat Roger and the audience. Novak held a two sets to one lead after two hours and fifteen minutes despite not having any break points!
Federer had a 5-3 lead in the tie break of the first set before losing four in a row and giving it to Djokovic. Roger was able to make blunders and undo everything Roger had accomplished in the previous 55 minutes since Novak failed to make any wins or errors.
After rapidly recovering from this setback, the Swiss swept past the Serb to win the second set 6-1. Federer played better in the third set, but he dropped a break opportunity that would have introduced the second tie break.
Ivan Ljubicic talked about the thrilling 2019 Wimbledon final.
Following Roger’s six mistakes, four of which were unforced errors on the backhand side that cost him a slow start and a stronger finish, Novak won it 7-4.
To force a decider, Federer recovered and won the fourth set. Djokovic saved two set chances on the return at 7-8 and won game 23 to stay in the match and institute the Wimbledon championships’ first-ever deciding match tie break.
It was won by Novak 7-3, giving him one of his most remarkable victories ever. In all three tie breaks, Federer won 29 out of 33 points by hitting the final ball, leaving Novak with three victories and one forced error.
An eight-time champion, on the other hand, recorded six service wins and five from the court. With a whopping 13 unforced errors and five that Novak caused, he undid all that. Like the remainder of the match, tie breaks were in Roger’s favor; but, he didn’t play at his peak when it counted, making 17 more errors than the solid Serb and finishing on the losing end.
“The Wimbledon championship of 2019 is difficult to forget. Three years later, Roger and I are still upset by the Novak Djokovic loss “Added Ivan Ljubicic.