Novak Djokovic confesses he was “fortunate” to win ‘almost-lost’ 2019 Wimbledon final against Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer
Down 40-15 and two match points in the fifth set in the 2019 Wimbledon final against Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic thought it was game over. However, the Serb somehow fought back to win that match, denying Federer a golden chance to get his 21st Grand Slam title.
Djokovic recently spoke about the match in an interview with French radio station RMC, where he admitted for the first time that he considered himself fortunate to be able to win that day.
“I started my movement a little in advance, anticipating a crossed serve,” Djokovic began narrating.
“And finally he served on the T. At this point, I thought it was over. The ball could have met the net. I was a bit lucky at this moment, it’s fair to say,” the Serb added, referring to the point at 40-30 on Federer’s serve.
Djokovic went on to win five more Grand Slam titles after that day while Federer retired with 20 slams to his name recently at the Laver Cup. The Serb currently has a tally of 21 singles major titles, just behind Rafael Nadal at 22.
Novak Djokovic says he is very motivated to make history in the sport of tennis
Djokovic will return to the ATP Tour next week at the Paris Masters as the defending champion in what will be his penultimate tournament of the season. It hasn’t been an ideal season for Djokovic given his vaccination status, but he hopes to end the season well as he is permitted to play across Europe despite not being vaccinated.
Ahead of the Paris Masters, Djokovic spoke about the GOAT debate once again in an interview with RMC Sport. The GOAT debate is an ever-lasting debate in tennis circles to determine who is the greatest among Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic. The Serb said that there are a lot of factors that are included in the discussion and he’d rather let everyone else discuss that. He is just very motivated to make history for the sport.
He added that every time he’s on the court; he is looking for inspiration to improve his game and due to this quality of his; he has been able to play tennis for the last two decades.
“Every time I’m on the court with the racket, even on the day I’m not very motivated, I’m looking for inspiration to improve my game. This is the number one condition for which I continue to play tennis after twenty years,” the Serb said.