Novak Djokovic edged Roger Federer in five sets, including a deciding tiebreak, to claim his fifth Wimbledon title, following an epic final.

It took 4h57, five sets and the first (and only) deciding set tiebreak of the singles tournament to determine who would be crowned the Wimbledon 2019 champion: Novak Djokovic, who edged Roger Federer 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(4), 4-6, 13-12(3). The Swiss did serve for the match, late in the deciding set, and even had two match points. However, just like in the US Open of 2010 and that of 2011, he was unable to convert them.

This final puts an exclamation mark to a men’s singles tournament that had, for the most part of the fortnight, been marked by the incapacity of the NextGen to impose themselves, thus showing once more the superiority of the Big 3, which we saw in all it’s grandeur during the semifinal encounter between Federer and Rafael Nadal, but also during this epic championship match.

Fedal: the rivalry of rivalries

Roger Federer’s missed opportunity

Wimbledon final - Roger Federer
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For Roger Federer, this match is another missed opportunity. Only one little point from claiming his ninth Wimbledon crown (and 21st Grand Slam title), the Swiss cracked.

And rued himself after the match.

“It’s such an incredible opportunity missed, I can’t believe it.”

– Roger Federer

The 37-year-old was visibly, and rightfully, disappointed following the final. However, he felt compelled to put things into perspective: “Now the defeat hurts, and it should, but I am good at moving on from defeats. It’s a mindset and I’m strong at doing that”, he said during his press conference.

No Rogers Cup for Roger

Furthermore, Roger Federer took the opportunity of his press conference to announce that he will not take part in this year’s Rogers Cup, which will be held in Montreal from the 2nd to the 11th of August.

A tough blow for the tournament, which celebrates its 40th anniversary, this year.

Lady Luck on Djokovic’s side

Wimbledon 2019 - Novak Djokovic
Photo © AELTC/Joel Marklund

Novak Djokovic, for his part, can thank his lucky star. On top of the two match points saved, he also, among other things, won 14 points less than his rival (204 vs 218). Furthermore, Roger Federer had a better serve percentage, both for the first and second serves, and hit (much) more winners (94 vs 54).

However, further than the statistics, what matters, when all is said and done, is the final result, and the way the key moments were played. On both accounts, the Serbian is the one who had the upper hand, especially in the three tiebreaks.

“It was a huge relief in the end. It is what you work and live for. These wins give value to every minute you spend on court. I promised myself to stay calm and composed on court.”

– Novak Djokovic

In the end, however, what everyone will remember is the final result, but also the quality of the match. What is left, at this point, is to congratulate the champion on a hard-fought victory.