Iconic Roger Federer Encounter Candidly Recalled as Novak Djokovic Shows His Humility With ‘Far Better’ Verdict

Published 12/10/2023, 11:17 PM EST

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Novak Djokovic has played many great matches against several great players. One of his best matches was played against the Swiss Maestro, Roger Federer. The 2019 Wimbledon final is a match both players will never forget, as it became a historical moment in the tournament. Now, four years later, Djokovic opens up about why he won despite the statistics favoring Federer.

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After their bout, Roger Federer shared with the world that he broke down after the trophy ceremony was over. While the moment was quite difficult for him to process, he can joke about it, as one could see in the 2022 Laver Cup.

Novak Djokovic opens up on the 2019 Wimbledon final 

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The battle of Djokovic and Federer is one match that would be remembered in history as Djoker was down two match points but managed to recover and win the title. In 60 minutes with CBS, Djokovic opened up on why he won the match. Jon Wertheim, who interviewed him, said sometimes he’s more precise and a better player than his opponent. Djokovic gave an example to justify the statement. 

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He said, “That happened in 2019 when I played finals of Wimbledon that, that marathon match, epic match with Roger. I remember that very well. I beat him 13-12 in the fifth set. The sets that I won were all won in tie breaks, seven-six, seven-six, 13-12. And overall, if you see stats, he was far better player in every aspect.”

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Regardless of Federer being the better player, Djokovic won when it mattered. “But I won the match. And so that actually tells you that you can still win if you pick and choose in which moments of the match you’re peaking, and you’re playing your best when it matters.”

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Djokovic remembers the day fondly as he won against one of his greatest rivals and the final as one of their greatest matches. While it is a happy memory for Djokovic, Federer has chosen to block it out.

Roger Federer blocks out the 2019 Wimbledon loss

A loss after having match points twice would be a kick in the guts for anyone. Federer barely managed his emotions after his loss and broke down after the trophy ceremony was over. He took some time off from tennis after the loss and came back later. But the loss stayed with him. Three years later, on the day he played his retirement bout, Federer found himself being able to joke about it.

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When Djokovic was asked about his favorite matches against Federer, he couldn’t help but name the final. Federer, in turn, interjected him to joke that he had blocked out that loss. Likely one of the worst moments of his career, the 20-time grand slam champion has managed to get over the defeat and found himself being able to riff about it with the one who beat him.

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Ripunjay Gaba

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The Swiss Maestro Roger Federer?s influence on tennis is undeniable, and I certainly have the 20-time Grand Slam champion to thank for my foray into the wonderful racket sport. Unsurprisingly, throughout my time at ES, I have specialized in providing in-depth coverage of everything related to the 'Swiss Maestro' and have authored more than 1000 articles to date. Now, I specifically focus on creating profiles for all the top stars, along with stables that focus on both their professional and personal exploits.
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