Multiple Wimbledon champion Boris Becker was in the commentary box during the last year's Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Like all of us, the German was privileged for watching one of the best matches of all time, with two 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 deciding set, defending the title and writing tennis history. Becker believes it was the most excellent Wimbledon final ever, with a fantastic level of shotmaking throughout the encounter that almost hit a five-hour mark.
He thought Djokovic would be the favorite, but Federer acted like the better player on the court, failing to cross the finish line first. Federer had everything in his hands against Djokovic, still walking off the court with the runner-up prize!
The Swiss won 14 points more, scored four breaks more than Novak, had 40 winners more, two match points and two break chances 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 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 but Djokovic did what he had to in the pivotal moments, carried by the incredible inner strength that helped him against both Roger and the crowd en route to the fifth Wimbledon crown.
After two hours and 15 minutes, Novak led two sets to one despite no break points!
In the first set tie break, Federer led 5-3 before dropping four straight points to hand it to Djokovic, who hit no winners or errors, allowing Roger to make mistakes and ruin everything he was building in the last 55 minutes.
The Swiss quickly left this setback behind him, storming over Djokovic to grab the second set 6-1, standing as the better player in the third as well but wasting a break chance that installed the second tie break. Novak clinched it 7-4 after six errors from Roger, four in an unforced area from the backhand wing that cost him a slow start and the better finish.
After many thrilling moments in the deciding set and survived 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, the eight-time champion counted to six service winners and five from the court, spoiling all that after massive 13 unforced mistakes and five that Novak forced. Like in the rest of the encounter, tie breaks were on Roger's racquet, who 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 just played him out of the park and was the better player, still ending on the losing side. Those guys exchanged shots that I didn't think was possible over such a long period, and I would call the last year's Wimbledon final the best ever," Boris Becker said.