Novak Djokovic Turned Into Les Miles After Beating Federer to Win Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic came through an epic back-and-forth Wimbledon final, the longest in history, to outlast fellow great Roger Federer and defend his All England Club title on Sunday. Federer broke back immediately, but with neither player dropping a game, an electrifying final extended to a tie break after ending 12-12 as per the rules introduced in 2019.

In 2009 and 2010, Novak played in only one Grand Slam final and that all changed from 2011 and that incredible run until 2016, entering 18 Grand Slam title matches from 24 tournaments and six in a row during his best stint in 2015-16.

To get to the final, the Serbian overcame Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets, whilst Federer defeated long-time rival Rafael Nadal in four sets as well.

Federer, who is 37, is going for his 21st Grand Slam trophy overall, while the 32-year-old Djokovic is playing for his 16th.

The 2019 Wimbledon edition, saw Djokovic back in the final, where he faced Roger Federer, the game went to five sets, with the odds in Novak's favor since the United States women's national team became World Cup champion in France a week before.

Two of the greatest tennis players of all time met in the championship match at Wimbledon on Sunday, and to say they did not disappoint would be an understatement.

"Federer please win", he Tweeted just hours ahead of the men's Wimbledon final.

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"I'll try to forget", joked Federer, who is less than a month shy of his 38th birthday and would have been the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title in the professional era. With Djokovic's defenses not providing as stern a resistance, Federer cruised to a second set win in less than half the time of the first. But Novak was great.

Looking at the bigger picture, there's also this takeaway from Sunday: Nadal's status as Federer's principal nemesis has been well-documented and much-examined over the years - which is a small part of why Friday's semifinal victory for Federer was fraught with meaning. I had my chances.

The clash between defending champion Djokovic and eight-time victor Roger Federer lived up to its billing in a match that lasted over four hours on Centre Court. Djokovic, too, shares his love for the sport with his two young children. But it's now high time to discuss Djokovic's edge over Federer.

For now, Djokovic can savour emulating the five-time Wimbledon feats of the legendary Borg (1976-80) and Englishman Laurie Doherty (1902-1906) in the most extraordinary fashion.

For Djokovic, this is his sixth Wimbledon final as he chases what would be a fifth trophy.

A year on and at the same stage, Federer worked two more match points in the fifth, this time on his own serve.

In the end, Djokovic triumphed, winning 7 points to 3. I think it's going to be tough.

  • Michelle Webb