— Following the 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 win over the Swiss maestro, the Serb had this to say about catching up with Federer’s Grand Slam tally and possibly even surpassing it.
Novak Djokovic saved two match points to retain his Wimbledon title in a five-set Centre Court classic with Roger Federer.
In a match lasting four hours and 57 minutes and one which flowed this way and that, it was the Serbian who triumphed for his 16th Grand Slam title. But how did he do it? Charlie Eccleshare looks at five key reasons why he managed to get the edge.
WIMBLEDON, England — Yes, Novak Djokovic stared down the deepest of holes in a championship match for the ages on Centre Court on Sunday, coming back after Roger Federer held two match points while serving for the title.
And, yes, Djokovic did indeed emerge victorious, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3), in the longest Wimbledon singles final, and the first to end in a fifth-set tiebreaker with the score tied at 12-12.
This match showed vividly what separates Djokovic from the pack. Once again he proved that, when it comes to guts and gumption, when it comes to pure ability to handle crunchtime, he is as unwavering as any player in tennis history.
“It was probably the most demanding match I was ever part of,” he said. “Mentally, this was a different level.”
Djokovic noted that he had come prepared. He’d visualized maintaining a state of inner steadiness, prepped himself to face the pro-Federer frenzy.
“One thing that I promised myself coming on to the court today,” he said, “was that I need to stay calm and composed. I knew that the atmosphere will be as it was.”
Novak Djokovic is just 4 Grand Slams away from equalling Roger Federer’s record of 20 and weighed in on the possibility of eclipsling the great Swiss player after their Wimbledon 2019 epic.
Novak Djokovic survived two Championship points en route to a belting 5 set win over Roger Federer at the Wimbledon 2019 finals to take his tally of Grand Slams to 16.
Only Rafael Nadal with 18 and Roger Federer with 20 sit ahead of him in the all-time winners list.
However, while Nadal is 33 and Federer is soon to be 38, Djokovic has time on his side at just 32 years old and is currently in, arguably, the best run of his career having won four out of the last five grand slams.
“It seems like I’m getting closer, but also they’re winning slams,” he said.
“We’re kind of complementing each other. We’re making each other grow and evolve and still be in this game. I think, I mean, those two guys [Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal] are probably one of the biggest reasons I still compete at this level.
“The fact that they made history of this sport motivates me as well, inspires me to try to do what they have done, what they’ve achieved, and even more.
“Whether I’m going to be able to do it [break the record for most Grand Slams in the men’s game] or not, I don’t know,” concluded the five time Wimbledon winner.