Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Djokovic Vows to Win Fans' Love with Federer Record in View

Djokovic Vows to Win Fans' Love with Federer Record in View

Novak Djokovic of Serbia has defeated Roger Federer of Switzerland to claim his fifth Wimbledon title.

Facing the supremely popular eight-time champion on Centre Court, Djokovic never truly showed his best form but still had enough energy and skill to triumph 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3) in a marathon contest.

Roger Federer lost the longest Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic after engaging in an equally competitive battle for a little less than five hours.

Federer won more points and more games, conjured more break points and delivered nearly three times as many aces as the Serb, who admitted to being on the back foot all match.

Federer won more points in the match with 218 to 204, broke serve seven times compared to three, hit 25 aces to 10 and 94 winners to Djokovic's 54.

Federer handled the loss with his typical good humour and said he's looking forward to going back to being just a regular dad. He's able to go down and make sure he sets himself up nicely and puts himself in position.

Ultimately, Djokovic's unyielding intensity and athleticism prevailed in the face of Federer's handsome, hypnotic, flowing strokes as the two preternaturally gifted men toyed with their own different forms of perfection on one of the world's greatest sporting stages.

"I hope I give some other people at 37 the feeling it is not over yet, I feel great", he said.

For now, Djokovic is content enough after emulating the five-time Wimbledon feats of legendary Swede Bjorn Borg (1976-80) and Englishman Laurie Doherty (1902-1906) in the most extraordinary fashion. "When you don't, then you have to find it within, I guess". "But I'm very happy with my level of play nowadays still".

"He certainly did not play his best tennis but he knew how to handle the key moments due to his main weapon, his mental strength", Blic commented.

"It's quite unreal", Djokovic said on winning this year's tournament. But Djokovic is now 3-0 against Federer in finals at the place and 4-0 against him in five-setters anywhere. Two missed match points are unbelievable.

After the match, Federer graciously smiled and reminded everyone why he is an inspiration.

Having been surprisingly chipper in his on-court interview, a far more downbeat Federer said in his post-match press conference: "I don't know what I feel". Federer's mediocre approach shot provided Djokovic an opening for a backhand pass that earned a break and a 4-2 lead.

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