Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Major Respect to Roger for a Titan Fight: Djokovic on Wimbledon Final

Major Respect to Roger for a Titan Fight: Djokovic on Wimbledon Final

Bet365's Steve Freeth said: "Djokovic was made to work hard for it at Wimbledon, but he's gradually reeling in both Nadal and Federer and, with age on his side, we make him our favorite to be top of the pile by the time they've all hung up their rackets".

Fresh from his fifth Wimbledon champion, Novak Djokovic of Serbia kept leading position on ATP Rankings updated on Monday, also joining Spain's Rafael Nadal as participants of 2019 ATP Finals in November.

The Serbian defeated Federer in a mammoth final which even reached a fifth set tiebreak, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3).

The Danas daily paper said the match offered the public "all that can be seen in a ideal tennis match... suspense, drama and a happy ending ... for Djokovic".

At 4 hours and 57 minutes, it was the longest Wimbledon final ever played and settled by a final-set tiebreak for the first time.

"It would be in Rafael's best interests if Djokovic won because now the three [players] are closer together at the top", Toni Nadal told COPE and Radio MARCA.

The 32-year-old Serbian saved two match points as he took his Grand Slam tally to 16, four off Federer's overall record in the longest final in the tournament's history on Sunday.

Federer hit more winners, served more aces and fewer double faults than his rival, and at one point led in every major metric. Djokovic is by far the most consistent of the "Big Three' at the Slams".

Instead it is four, and having won four of the last five on offer Djokovic appears to be in the middle of a period of domination that shows no sign of ending.

But Djokovic took the next two points and, eventually, was better in the closing tiebreaker, instituted at 12-all in deciding sets at Wimbledon for the first time this year. "That is going to sting for Roger Federer after losing two Championship points".

Newspapers stressed that the world number who is now level on five Wimbledon titles with Bjorn Borg is the first man in 70 years to win the title after recovering from two match points down.

Federer beat Nadal in the semi-finals to set up a showdown with Djokovic on Centre Court.

"Whether I'm going to be able to do it or not", he added, "I don't know".

Against Federer, he is 26-22 overall, 10-6 at majors and 3-1 at Wimbledon, including 3-0 in finals at the grass-court tournament.

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