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Alla Zakarian

23-07-2019 | 15:56 Tennis

Goran Ivanisevic: “Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic had a brutal battle in Wimbledon”

The 2001 Wimbledon winner Goran Ivanisevic commented on Roger Federer’s loss to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final. Djokovic clinched his fifth Wimbledon title in the first All England Club final last week. Djokovic saved two match points in a 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(4), 4-6, 13-12(3) triumph against  Federer in the longest Wimbledon singles final in the history of the tournament that lasted for more than four hours. The Croat, who is coaching the Serb, said: "Even if all of us know Roger Federer very well, I have to admit that I did not think he would play so well. It was a brutal battle in terms of mental and physical effort. They are two sports giants. This match will forever be in tournament history. Novak has an unbelievable return and he is so strong mentally. When he is physically well prepared, he delivers a perfect technique and he is basically unbeatable. On the finals day he did not have his best day while Federer had it, and yet Novak won. It made me remember Marin Cilic's loss to Federer in 2016 after wasting three match points. When Novak was in an uncomfortable situation I thought a bit about it."

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