The last 17 years has been a four-man battle in the Wimbledon men’s final. Starting in 2003, the only four men to win Wimbledon are Roger Federer (8), Rafael Nadal (2), Andy Murray (2) and Novak Djokovic (5, including the past 2). This 17 year stretch of brilliance has provided fans of tennis the ultimate viewing experience, with each match as entertaining as the last. Djokovic outlasted Federer this year to repeat as Wimbledon champion, his fifth title. If history has taught us anything, next year we are promised one of these four men in the final.
The match ended as a fifth-set tiebreaker, which was also the first in any men’s final. Djokovic, being the top seed, defeated Federer, the second seed, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) to repeat as Wimbledon champion. Djokovic saved two match points to reach the fifth-set tiebreaker. By doing so, he became the first man since 1948 to save championship points in the final and go on to win. Djokovic won his first Wimbledon title in 2011. Since that time, he’s won in 2014, 2015, 2018 and now 2019.
Meanwhile, his opponent, Federer hasn’t won the Wimbledon title since 2017, which was his first since 2012. Federer started an insane streak started in 2003, when he won five straight titles. He’s cooled off considerably, winning only two this decade, while other adversaries won more. If Federer is to win in the near future, he can become the oldest men’s Grand Slam winner in the Open Era (since 1968).
Federer still holds the Grand Slam title record with 20 wins. Second on the list is Nadal, with Djokovic slowly approaching them with his own 16 wins. This next decade could be a return to form for Federer, or record breaking ground for Nadal and Djokovic.