Two years ago, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer played an epic Wimbledon final. Federer had everything in his hands against Djokovic in the ultimate clash of tennis titans, still walking off the court empty-handed following a 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 defeat!
The Swiss won 14 points more than the Serb, scored four breaks more than Novak, had 40 extra winners, two match points and two break points at 11-11 in the decider up for grabs, squandering all that and allowing Djokovic to steal the crown in the longest Wimbledon final ever!
The Serb did his best to contend and fight against the rival who had the upper hand in the more significant part of the encounter. Novak repelled those two match points on the return at 7-8 in the fifth set and producing the nerves of steel in all three tie breaks to grab the 16th Major title.
Roger Federer praised Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon.
A lot has changed in the past 24 months, and Novak has been a much happier camper than Roger. Last week, the Serb secured the 20th Major title at Wimbledon to catch Federer and Nadal, looking good to pass both rivals by the end of the season or indeed in 2022.
Roger reached the quarter-final at Wimbledon, and he knew all the time who was the top favorite, praising Novak and everything he has achieved recently. After the third-round victory over Cameron Norrie, Federer spoke about Djokovic and said that he has been working really hard over the years to deserve everything he has done.
Roger called Novak's Melbourne-Paris double exceptional feat, and he knew that the Serb is the player to beat in London. "It's very impressive to see what Novak has been doing this year. As you said, it's going to be another big one for him in the following days.
There's always danger in the draw wherever you look. At the same time, Novak can have different ways how to win matches. He's done incredibly well in Australia and again in Paris. That was exceptional, of course. He looks like the big favorite here going into whatever round he goes into.
He deserves it; he's worked extremely hard and has played great at the same time, too. Novak will be tough to beat," Roger Federer said.