Last year’s semifinal between two giants, contributed to the decision of the Wimbledon officials to shorten the 5th set to a decisive tie-break at 12-all # It couldn’t be more fitter that the first ’12-all’ tie-break in singles, played the two arguably greatest players of all-time, both amazingly experienced in playing tie-breaks. There were three tie-breaks in total, all of them won by Djokovic , even though Federer  is an outstanding tie-break player. The Swiss had his chances to win all the tie-break sets. In the 1st set he led 5:4* (30/0) and *5:3 in the tie-break, in the 3rd set he squandered a set point at 5:4* (40/30) – Djokovic’s service winner. Federer should have actually won the decider, he came back from a 2:4* (deuce) deficit and led 8:7 (40/15) after two consecutive aces. At 11-all he had two mini match-points. In the deciding tie-break the crucial was the third point – Federer lost it implementing serve-and-volley tactics, his only failed attempt in 13 tries!
It’s almost beyond comprehension that he has now lost three five-setters to Djokovic, wasting a double match point – twice on serve! Never before in the Open Era a player had defeated the other one three times saving a match point in 5-set encounters. It’s also the first time in the Open Era that a Wimbledon champion saves a match point en route to the title (nobody had done it since 1960). Another interesting stats: Djokovic has defeated 4 times in five-setters two guys from Switzerland (records against them: 4-1 Wawrinka, 4-0 Federer) while no other player has defeated someone four times in five-setters. Despite the tie-break disaster, and losing the last five tie-breaks they have played against each other, Federer is still better than Djokovic in tie-breaks, percentage wise (65% vs 63%). Now they both have won the same number of five-setters, but the Serb is distinguishably more efficient (30-10 vs 30-22).
Djokovic’s route to his 75th title:
1 Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-5, 6-3
2 Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
3 Hubert Hurkacz 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-4
4 Ugo Humbert 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
Q David Goffin 6-4, 6-0, 6-2
S Roberto Bautista 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
W Roger Federer 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(4), 4-6, 13-12(3) – 2 m.p.
# Their two 5-set Wimbledon finals:
2014: Djokovic d. Federer 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4… 3 hours 56 minutes… Total points: 186-180
2019: Djokovic d. Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12… 4 hours 57 minutes… Total points: 204-218
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