As the entire tennis world, former world no. 1 Stefan Edberg was stunned by the level of the 2019 Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. In the most extended Wimbledon final that lasted for almost five hours, Djokovic prevailed 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 after fending off two match points, saving his best tennis for the tie breaks and lifting the fifth Wimbledon trophy.
The great Swede labeled the match as one of the best he has ever seen, praising both rivals and the level of tennis they had been able to keep for such a long time. The Swiss had 14 points and 40 winners more on his tally, having those two match points at 8-7 and two break chances at 11 in the decider, wasting all that and finishing on the losing side.
Novak played the best tennis when it mattered the most, taking all three tie breaks and enduring all the efforts to cross the finish line first and claim the 16th Major crown. Overall, Federer hit the last ball in 29 out of 33 points in all three tie breaks combined, leaving Novak on only 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 but he failed to deliver his A-game in the decisive moments, spraying 17 errors more than the steady Serb and finding himself on the losing side.
"It was an incredible match to watch.
It had everything and it is probably the best match I have ever seen.
The quality of tennis was simply unbelievable, from first until the last point. I felt for Roger Federer, he might have been the better player in that one.
Everything was set for him, 40-15 on serve and two match points. You wouldn't think he would lose from there but he did. For me, being a friend with Roger, it was heartbreaking to lose, but we also have to give Novak Djokovic credit for finishing on the winning side; his performance was quite incredible.
It was an astonishing match and the best quality, by far. The 1980 final between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe is a classic one; I watched it at a young age. Quality-wise, the last year's final was the better match," said Stefan Edberg.