In the ultimate clash of tennis titans, Roger Federer had everything in his hands against Novak Djokovic in the historical 2019 Wimbledon final, only to walk off the court empty-handed! The Swiss won 14 points more than the Serb, scored four breaks more than Novak, had 40 winners more on his tally, 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 gave his best to stay competitive 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 produced the nerves of steel in all three tie breaks to grab the 16th Major title and move closer to Federer and Nadal.
The overall numbers were on Federer's side. Still, Djokovic did what he had to in the pivotal moments, carried by the incredible inner strength that helped him overpower both Roger and the crowd en route to the fifth Wimbledon crown.
Two hours and 15 minutes since the beginning of the clash, Novak was yet to create a break chance, still leading two sets to one despite that! In the first set tie break, Federer led 5-3 before dropping four straight points to hand it to Djokovic, who didn't have to do much in those 12 points, hitting no winners or errors and allowing Roger to spray mistakes and ruin everything he was building in the last 55 minutes.
Roger Federer wasted two match points in that epic 2019 Wimbledon final vs. Djokovic.
The Swiss quickly left this setback behind him, storming over the Serb to grab the second set 6-1 in no time, standing as the better player in the third but wasting a break chance that installed the second tie break.
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 the more reliable finish. After all kinds of drama in the deciding set and survived games 16 and 23, Novak was the favorite in the crucial tie break that he claimed 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 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 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, hitting 17 errors more than the steady Serb and finding himself on the losing side.
Djokovic's coach Goran Ivanisevic stated that Federer could have seen the 21st Major title in his hands ahead of those two match points on his serve, only to discover once again that nothing is certain against Djokovic!
"It was tough to watch the drama of the 2019 Wimbledon final. It was the first time we had a match tie break at 12-12 in the deciding set, with two of the greatest players fighting for the title. Federer played on a high level and could have seen that 21st Major title in his hands; unfortunately for him, nothing is guaranteed against Novak.
As we all know, Djokovic saved those two match points and played much better in the deciding tie break to walk away with the trophy as a deserved champion," Goran Ivanisevic said.