The Fed Express won 14 more points than Djokovic but that counted for nothing. "I don't know if losing 2-2-2 feels better than this one". I was defending. He was dictating the play, " Djokovic said.
It was a crushing blow for Federer who struck 94 winners to Djokovic's 54 and for long periods eclipsed the man on the other side of the net.
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Djokovic commended his opponent, saying "I think that if this is not the most exciting final then it's definitely in the top two or three of my career against one of the greatest players of all time, Roger, who I respect".
Both players looked out on their feet after almost five hours of compelling combat but, as he had done in the day's two other tiebreaks, Djokovic held his nerve to crush Federer's dream of claiming a ninth title and becoming the oldest man to win a Grand Slam in the professional era.
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While one person cried out, "We love you both!" a fitting sentiment, given the high quality and unceasing shifts in momentum the "Come on, Roger!" count far outnumbered the shouts for his Serbian foe. "The fact that they made history of this sport motivates me as well, inspires me to try to do what they have done, what they've achieved, and even more".
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Tennis fans must "wake up to the greatness" of Novak Djokovic after he won his 16th Grand Slam, says his former coach Boris Becker. Federer broke back immediately, but with neither player dropping a game, an electrifying final extended to a tie break after ending 12-12 as per the rules introduced in 2019.
Djokovic jumped ahead and, for once, Federer had run out of magic as he suffered one of his most heart-breaking defeats.
"It was a great match. But you've got to go dig, see what they are", Federer said.
After neither player managed to produce a break in the first set, Federer turned things around quickly in the second and found himself two breaks up with three games played.
Djokovic took the first set 7-6 (5).
Federer had a set point when Djokovic served at 4-5 but again his failure to convert came back to bite him. Federer had a set point with Djokovic serving at 5-4 in the third, but sent a backhand return wide.
He has been in similar predicaments in the past against Federer - saving two match points in both of his semi-final victories over the Swiss at the 2010 and 2011 US Opens.