'Novak Djokovic loss still hurts Roger Federer,' Ivan Ljubicic says

“The loss of Novak Djokovic still hurts Roger Federer,” says Ivan Ljubicic

Roger Federer played his first and last major final at his beloved Wimbledon. The first came in 2003 and the youngest and last in 2019. Roger had a great chance to lift his ninth Wimbledon title a few weeks before turning 38, scoring two match points against Novak Djokovic.

The Serb fended them off to deliver a memorable 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 triumph in four hours and 57 minutes. Regarding the match, Roger’s coach Ivan Ljubicic admitted that it still hurts to think about this match and sees Roger’s big opportunity in it.

The Swiss won 14 more points, grabbed four extra breaks, fired 40 more winners than his rival and had two match points and two break chances at 11-11 in the decider! He gambled away all that and let Djokovic steal the crown in the longest Wimbledon final.

The Serb did his best to stay in contention and fight against the rival who had the upper hand in the more important part of the encounter. He fended off those two match points on the return 7-8 in the fifth set and showed nerves of steel in all three tiebreaks to clinch the 16th Major title.

The overall numbers were on Federer’s side. Djokovic did what he had to do in the crucial moments, buoyed by the incredible inner strength that helped him against Roger and the crowd. After two hours and 15 minutes, Novak led two sets to one despite not scoring any break points!

Federer led 5-3 in the tiebreak of the first set before dropping four points in a row to hand it to Djokovic. Novak didn’t hit any winners or errors, allowing Roger to make mistakes and ruin everything he’d built up in the last 55 minutes.

The Swiss quickly put that setback behind him and stormed over the Serb to take the second set 6-1. Federer was a better player in the third set but he squandered a break chance that installed the second tiebreak.

Ivan Ljubicic shared his thoughts on the epic 2019 Wimbledon final.

Novak secured the 7-4 after Roger’s six errors, four in an unforced backhand wing area that cost him a slow start and a better finish!

Federer recovered and won the fourth set to force a deciding set. Djokovic defended two match points on the return to make it 7-8 and prevailed in game 23 to stay in touch and set up the first-ever deciding match tiebreak in the Wimbledon final.

Novak secured the title 7: 3 and thus one of his most extraordinary victories of all time. Federer matched the last ball in 29 of 33 points in all three tiebreaks, leaving Novak with three winners and one forced error!

On the other hand, an eight-time champion counted six service winners and five from the court. He spoiled all of that with a massive 13 unforced errors and five that Novak forced. As in the rest of the encounter, there were tie-breaks on Roger’s racquet but he failed to deliver his best tennis when it mattered most, spraying 17 more errors than the stable Serb and finding himself on the losing side.

“It’s hard to get over the 2019 Wimbledon final. Novak Djokovic’s defeat still hurts Roger and I after three years,” said Ivan Ljubicic.

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