It was more canvas than a court.
For almost five hours Sunday, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, tireless contestants on the top of the tennis world, were pure artists, putting the ball with surgical precision, sliding visibly across the grass, in a way. some getting their rackets on droplets that should not be reached.
Eventually, Djokovic was the top seed that emerged due to the narrowest margins, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3), and won the fifth Wimbledon championship in the first league set by the final league – a rule put in place in October.
“It's probably the most challenging game I've ever played in,” said Djokovic, who successfully defended his Wimbledon title. It was all just impossible, a person back to the back.
“It was one of the shot from losing the game,” he said. “Everything was in this game, and it might have gone way (Federer's).”
But when asked later if a game this is everyone will remember him, cracked by Federer about half-smile and said, “I'll try to forget.”
It is not just because he lost it, but because he broke a golden opportunity to win, out of 8-7 in the fifth and serving series, 40-15. Djokovic saved consecutive matching points to stay alive and eventually he founded the third person – and he was 3-0 among those people.
“I think it is a fantastic and missed opportunity,” said Federer. “I don't believe it.”
Djokovic found that despite most of the crowd was pulling for the 37-year-old Federer, the fans prefer to have had his band-head.
“It's hard not to know,” said Djokovic about the serious imbalance. “You have such an electric atmosphere, that kind of noise, especially in a number of decisive events where we are fairly fair. It's one way or another. The crowd gets into it. “Of course, if you have most of the crowd on your side, it helps you, it gives you encouragement, it gives you strength, gives you energy. When you are not, you have to find it, I feel.
Djokovic said that he sometimes tries to ignore the weaknesses, and turn his mind when necessary.
“I like to overcome it in a way,” he said. “When the crowd sang‘ Roger 'I hear vak Novak.' He sounds silly, but it's like that. I try to convince myself that it is like that. ”
In his fifth Wimbledon title, Djokovic even draws Bjorn Borg (1976-80). Pete Sampras (seven) and Federer (eight) are the only men who have more of them.
“When I was a boy, 4 or 5 years old and dreaming to become a tennis player one day, this is the competition for me always, where I wanted to join, where which I wanted one day to win, ”said Serbian star. “I used the trophies from different materials in my room, and only imagined one day I was standing here.”
The game ordered the top dollar on the secondary market, and $ 5,500 going for the least cost Saturday tickets on Stubhub.com. Among the celebrities, apart from the royal family, were watching the royal box Jeff Bezos, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stefan Edberg, Chris Evert, Rod Laver, John Newcombe, Ed Norton and Stan Smith.
This was the 16th meeting between Djokovic and Federer at a championship, an open era record for the men at Grand Slam competitions.
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With the meeting, Djokovic Nadal joined Federer (10) most career career at majors. Overall, the two of them were playing each other for the 48th time, with Djokovic holding a 26-22 edge – including 3-1 grass courts, all at Wimbledon.
At 37 years and 340 days, Federer wanted to become the oldest player to win the Grand Slam event in the Open era (since 1968).
He was asked to compare Sunday's match with his marathon loss with Nadal in the 2008 final, which is widely regarded as the biggest game in tennis history.
“Well, this one is simpler, perhaps, in some ways because the rain wasn't delayed, the night wasn't coming in and all those things were,” he said. “But sure, epic finishing, so close, so much remembrance. There are certainly similarities. But you had to go digging, see what they are. I am the loser both times, so the only prospect I see. ”