'Roger Federer played better than Novak Djokovic,' Boris Becker recalls

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'Roger Federer played better than Novak Djokovic,' Boris Becker recalls

Multiple Wimbledon champion Boris Becker was in the commentary box during that famous 2019 Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Like all of us, the German was privileged to watch one of the best matches ever, with two great rivals pushing each other to the limits for almost five hours.

After all kinds of drama, Djokovic saved two match points and prevailed in the deciding tie break at 12-12 in the fifth set, defending the title and writing tennis history. Becker called it the most excellent Wimbledon final ever, with an outstanding level of shotmaking throughout the encounter that almost hit the five-hour mark.

He thought Djokovic would be the favorite, but Federer acted like the better player on the court, although he failed to cross the finish line first. The Swiss won 14 points more, scored four extra breaks, fired 40 winners more than his rival, two match points and two break chances at 11-11 in the decider.

He squandered all that and allowed Djokovic to steal the crown in the most extended Wimbledon final. The Serb gave his best to stay in contention and fight against the rival who had the upper hand in the more significant part of the encounter.

He repelled those two match points on the return at 7-8 in the fifth set and produced the nerves of steel in all three tie breaks to grab the 16th Major title. The overall numbers were on Federer's side. Djokovic did what he had to in the pivotal moments, carried by the incredible inner strength that helped him against Roger and the crowd en route to the fifth Wimbledon crown.

After two hours and 15 minutes, Novak had two sets to one lead despite no break points! In the first set tie break, Federer led 5-3 before dropping four straight points to hand it to Djokovic. The Serb hit no winners or errors, allowing Roger to make mistakes and ruin everything he built in the last 55 minutes.

The Swiss quickly left this setback behind him, storming over Djokovic to grab the second set 6-1 and standing as a better player in the third. Nonetheless, he wasted a break chance that installed the second tie break.

Novak Djokovic saved two MP's against Roger Federer in 2019 Wimbledon final.

Novak clinched it 7-4 after Roger's six errors, four in an unforced area from the backhand wing that cost him a slow start and a better finish.

After many thrilling moments in the deciding set and surviving games 16 and 23, Novak was the favorite in the crucial tie break. He claimed it 7-3 to wrap up the title and one of his most extraordinary victories ever. Overall, Federer hit the last ball in 29 out of 33 points in all three tie breaks combined, leaving Novak on three winners and one forced error!

On the other hand, an eight-time champion counted six service winners and five from the court. He spoiled all that with massive 13 unforced mistakes and five that Novak forced. Like in the rest of the encounter, tie breaks were on Roger's racquet, but he failed to deliver his best tennis when it mattered the most, spraying 17 errors more than the steady Serb and finding himself on the losing side.

"I was honored to do the commentary of that match for five hours. Going into it, I always thought that Novak Djokovic was the defending champion and a couple of years younger than Roger Federer. It was a warm day, and Roger already had a tough match against Rafa in the semis, so I felt Novak was the favorite.

Roger played him out of the park and was the better player, still ending on the losing side. Those guys exchanged shots that I did not think was possible over such a long period, and I would call it the best Wimbledon final," Boris Becker said.