Last July 14, 2019, Serbian tennis pro Novak Djokovic won his fifth trophy at the Championships in Wimbledon, defeating Swiss great Roger Federer in a thrilling 5-set match. This is Djokovic’s fifth win at the Championships.
The Final will go down as one of the most thrilling and unpredictable matches in Wimbledon history. It lasted four hours and 57 minutes, and featured the never-before-seen scoreline 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3).
Both players looked to be winning at certain points in the match, with Federer giving up two straight match points. An interesting note for tennis statistics buffs: this is the third time that Djokovic came back from two match points against the same opponent.
The match went down to the wire with an exhilarating fifth set. Federer gave up his second match-point advantage with a volley error, and Djokovic capitalized to secure his victory.
The immortal 37-year-old Federer must be content for now with his 8 Wimbledon trophies from 12 Finals appearances. The 32-year-old Serbian player Djokovic now has 16 Grand Slam singles wins. Only Federer and Rafael Nadal are ahead of him in the all-time leaderboard, with 20 and 18 respectively.
Djokovic’s Wimbledon win marred by controversy
In an interview with the Guardian, Djokovic was humble in victory, praising his defeated opponent’s longevity and determination.
“If not the most exciting and thrilling finals of my career, in the top two or three and against one of the greatest players of all time,” he said. “As Roger said, we both had our chances. It’s quite unreal to be two match points down and come back – and a bit strange to play the tie-break at 12-all. Roger said he hopes it gives other people hope they can do this at 37. I’m one of them. It’s extra special with my son in the crowd, and my family too. My wife and daughter are here in London but watching at home, and I give them a big, big hug.”
Unfortunately, media coverage of Djokovic’s win included reports that his marriage to wife Jelena could be on the rocks following her absence at Wimbledon. Tabloids such as the Sun and the New York Post wrote that Jelena almost always watches Novak play.
Notably, the Post pointed out that the Serbian couple failed to commemorate their anniversary on social media, unlike last year.
It does seem odd that Jelena Djokovic failed to make the trip to see her husband win another Grand Slam. But the evidence for any marital problems is pretty thin, so we’d rather celebrate the amazing Final between two of tennis’ all-time greats.
OppaSportsBet congratulates Djoko for an incredible victory, and we certainly expect Roger Federer to do more winning before he hangs up his racket for good.