What I said on the court, I really meant it: Roger really inspires me with his effort at his age.
But Djokovic survived, broke Federer's serve and won the tiebreak to seal a fifth Wimbledon title. Despite being outplayed by the 37-year-old Swiss for large parts of the knife-edge encounter, the top seed emerged victorious 7-6 (7/5), 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 13-12 (7/3). After Sunday's epic triumph, Djokovic revealed he was able to turn the overwhelmingly pro-Federer, 14,000-strong Centre Court crowd in his favour by training his mind. Since July 2018, he has won seven Big Titles - four Grand Slams and three Masters 1000 titles. "I had the most physically demanding match against [Rafael] Nadal in the final of Australia that went nearly six hours [in 2012], but mentally this was a different level, because of everything". "It could have gone easily his way", he said.
Had Federer converted one of the two match points that came his way at 8-7 in the fifth set he would have moved six Grand Slams clear of Djokovic. It was another display of stunning mental fortitude.
Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard has trolled the Swiss for his match point "choke" after she herself went down 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the round of 32 of Ladies Open Lausanne. "Coming back from injury and trying to get to the level of tennis which would allow me to compete for slams", Djokovic added. Novak... The grass tasted fantastic.
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Unai Emery's side have been in hot pursuit of Tierney this summer, submitting two bids which were subsequently rejected. "He is back in the group and training and getting ready for the new season".
The romantics amongst the crowd, of which there were many, were once again able to delight in the fluid, nearly balletic movements of an ageless Roger Federer. "It sounds silly, but it is like that". "I hope I give some other people a chance to believe at 37 it's not over yet", he said before laughing.
Djokovic is now just two Grand Slams behind Rafael Nadal and four back from Federer on the all-time list. "But if you are going to have a first final-set tie-break then Roger Federer fighting with Novak Djokovic is what you want to see". Djokovic has spent the best part of his career in pursuit of Nadal and Federer and attempting to seduce fans sceptical of his character.
"I said that [Rafa] Nadal would come close at Wimbledon because he won in Rome and Roland Garros, and was in a great place mentally. You have to keep reminding yourself that you're there for a reason and that you are better than the other guy".