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Alla Zakarian

29-07-2019 | 17:46 Tennis
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Umpire unveils his thoughts before the last set of Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic final

The Umpire of Wimbledon 2019 final, Damian Steiner, opened up about his toughs before the fifth set of the final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. 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. When Steiner was asked if he thought that Federer was going to win the match when he had an 8-7 (40-15) lead in the final set. To this, the Argentian umpire replied, “Yes, I thought so.” He further went on to recall the match and said, “I had many nerves but I enjoyed it a lot because it could have been my last time in such an environment. Being able to see such shots is great. Being two meters away from them is a privilege. I was focused, being there for many hours was not easy.”

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