Everyone thought Roger Federer would beat Novak Djokovic, says McEnroe


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Everyone thought Roger Federer would beat Novak Djokovic, says McEnroe

In an interview, the seven-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe was asked if his 1980 Wimbledon final loss to Bjorn Borg can be compared to Roger Federer's this year's loss to Novak Djokovic. "He won eight titles, so Roger is in a much better position than me.

For me, it was the best chance to win. Roger probably played one of the greatest matches in tennis history. Federer could have lost 6-2 or 6-3 in the fifth set, but he was able to come back in the game. When you are Roger Federer, you are leading 8-7 40-15 and on serve, everyone thinks you will win.

I am happy they played the fifth set tie-break. That made the match more meaningful and historical. Roger was disappointed. But it seemed a more positive reaction", said McEnroe. On Djokovic possibly breaking Federer's Major titles record, the American added: "I think Novak has the chance because he is a bit younger and able to win on more surfaces.

Everything depends on your health. With the way Rafa plays, it's tougher to stay healthy. Especially on hard. There is also a matter of motivation. We are speaking about the greatest achievement in history. In the next two years, Novak and Rafa will push each other. I would give Novak a slight advantage over Rafa. Because he is more likely to stay healthy."