There are times when you realize that history is written in front of your own eyes. Anyone who saw the Wimbledon final can say for years that he attended an art project and not a tennis game, a show of high aesthetics and a match that can comfortably take a place in one of the all-time top three.

Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 3-2 (7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12) needing three tie-breaks, in a final that was advertisement for tennis. The Serb won the tournament for the second consecutive year and for the fifth overall (after 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2018).

But who can really stand out in such a game? Is there a winner and loser? It felt like Titan’s fights in the past, Ali’s epic clashes with Fraser, Lauda with Hunt, Sena with Prost, Borg with McEnroe, or Nadal with Federer, at the same surface we saw yesterday. Unfortunately in Wimbledon there can be only one winner.

At the age of 37, the Swiss sports myth has pulled out tremendous reserves. He came too close to a victory that would give him the opportunity to win the title on the grass for the ninth time with his first being in 2003. From then 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2017 were the times when he picked up the weighty trophy.

Finally, because logic with this great athlete has gone out of the window, I would not say that this was the last time of his career that we saw him in the final of Wimbledon. And of course, the same goes for Novak!

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