Two years ago, Roger Federer suffered one of the toughest losses of his glorious career against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon, wasting two match points in a 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 defeat after an epic four hours and 57 minutes!
Federer won 14 points more than Djokovic in that thrilling title match at the All England Club, scoring four breaks more than the defending champion and wasting two match points on serve at 8-7 in the decider. Novak produced nerves of steel in all three tie breaks to grab the 16th Major title, failing to create a break chance in the opening two hours and 15 minutes and still building the advantage!
Federer led 5-3 before dropping four straight points to hand it to Djokovic, who hit no winners or errors in those ten points in the first set tie break. The Swiss quickly left this setback behind him, storming over the Serb to grab the second set 6-1 and standing as the better player in the third but wasting a break chance that installed the second tie break.
Greg Rusedski spoke about the 2019 Wimbledon final between Djokovic and Federer.
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 better 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. Greg Rusedski believes it was one of Federer's most essential matches at Wimbledon and that he can't allow not to playing a significant role in London again in a couple of weeks.
Federer will throw everything he has to achieve a good result at his beloved Major, withdrawing from Roland Garros to get ready for the grass swing. "From what we saw of him in the first three rounds in Paris, he could be a danger at Wimbledon.
He surprised himself by winning three matches in Paris, but his focus all year has been Wimbledon and the Olympics. He doesn't have that gold medal in singles, and the last time he played at Wimbledon, he had a couple of match points against Novak Djokovic in the final and lost.
That was a massive moment in his career, and Roger will not want that to be his last match at Wimbledon. This is the most stylish player to ever play our sport, beautiful to watch, but his chances at Wimbledon come down to how well he can move.
If Roger moves well, he has a chance to get into the latter stages of the tournament. Still, if he is a step slower, this sport can be ruthless, and I know that from personal experience," Greg Rusedski said.