2019 Wimbledon Final: 1000 days after

2019 Wimbledon Final memories - what do you feel?


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RS

Talk Tennis Guru
Federer 7.75/10
Djokovic 7.5/10

The rare case were the better player lost.
 

Kralingen

G.O.A.T.
The last time any of my close friends watched a tennis match (or were even aware one was going on) - it was in short a BFD which is rare, even the CYGS bid and #20/21 for Djokodal pale in comparison to the media attention and collective fanfare around this match.

A momentous occasion and one of the last great dramatic matches ever, imo. I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve been glued to the TV like that since.
 

_phantom

Professional
It was one those matches I didn't know who to support until the business end. Eventually I was happy that Djokovic won.

England vs New Zealands cricket world cup final took place 10km away on the same day. Again couldn't make my mind until the last few overs (and the super over, of course). My temporary favorite won.
 

Start da Game

Hall of Fame
it was a day of utter travesty for fraudereesians, needless to say......how can one blow not one but two successive championship points that too on his own serve at wimbledon is beyond everyone's imagination, that is the only time that ever happened at wimbledon.....

i was ready to admit fraud as goat, bid adieu to my fellow rafans and quit watching tennis altogether had he won that final.....
 

weakera

G.O.A.T.
At the time I described it was a watershed moment in tennis history. I think that with the benefit of hindsight, if anything I was underselling the significance of the match.
 
Obviously I was gutted because of Federer's loss BUT despite the disheartening ending, overall it was a great experience watching the match. Definitely a worthy final in terms of drama.

I probably would've been more negatively affected if that time didn't coincide with my international trip, so I couldn't sulk much and pretty much forced myself to keep focusing on the positive - that Federer still had such level in him when he could'be been retired. Fake it till you make basically lol. And now, because so much happened since then, the memory of the match is more nostalgic for me than sad. Like, it's only a few years but that was a different time back then, both in tennis and the world in general. The only thing that speaks to how truly upsetting this was is that I still can't rewatch the final at all, even the sets Federer won. Tried watching highlights last year and only lasted a couple of points. :censored: Maybe one day.
 

TheAssassin

Legend
For all my passionate, regular following of tennis, I rarely experienced that massive nervousness of a devoted supporter. But that was one of those events when I wasn't immune to that feeling. So for that reason the match was really special.

At the end of the day, it's the feeling of happiness and admiration for Novak. The fact that despite never fully settling into the match the way he is often capable of at Wimbledon, with Federer putting relentless pressure and the crowd doing what they usually do, he still found a way. And he did so while being cold and silent for five hours straight, something that isn't very characteristic of him.

Far from a masterclass. I have rarely revisited that final. But sometimes being just good enough and barely surviving is a far more ecstatic feeling than acing a challenge. And that's what 2019 Wimbledon final felt like.

On another note...

Me and the lads on Sunday.

At 8-7 40-15.



At 13-12.

 

dapchai

Legend
Just a tennis match, and moreover it wasn't a good match quality wise. The pinnacle of 40-15 but that was certainly not the first time Roger had run into it.
 

The Green Mile

Bionic Poster
Fed losing, had a pit in my stomach when Novak broke back, and then half an hour later, NZ lose the cricket world cup to rub salt in my wounds lol. Went to bed at something like 5:30 am, tired and grumpy :-D

I got over it very quickly, if this was ten-fifteen years ago though, when I was a mad, rapid fan :oops:
 

Thriller

Hall of Fame
Man I know they were mad. I was too but not now bc who knows if Rafa will get more than 21
I was never mad. That was one of the most enjoyable outcomes of a slam final, especially given how appalling the crowd behaved that day. I enjoyed that nearly as much as a Nadal slam win. :)#ABF
 

Gt86

Professional
At the time I described it was a watershed moment in tennis history. I think that with the benefit of hindsight, if anything I was underselling the significance of the match.
Djokovic it turned out handed the GOAT mantle to Nadal. As u say hugely sugnificant in hindsight
 

Thriller

Hall of Fame
You need to focus on Nadal's embarrassing L in the match preceding this one, Nadal cheerleader. :sneaky:
Embarrassing? Ha!

Embarrassing is ending your grass court career outclassed in a straight sets bagel when there is nothing wrong with you. The equivalent of this:
Not a very dignified funeral was it. :)
 

Kralingen

G.O.A.T.
Embarrassing? Ha!

Embarrassing is ending your grass court career outclassed in a straight sets bagel when there is nothing wrong with you. The equivalent of this:
Not a very dignified funeral was it. :)
Don’t know about that, considering he didn’t play another match and has now missed 8 months after another knee procedure directly following the loss.. there’s stuff to make fun of Federer for but I don’t think the Hurkacz one a month from 40 is one of them.
 

Thriller

Hall of Fame
Don’t know about that, considering he didn’t play another match and has now missed 8 months after another knee procedure.. there’s stuff to make fun of Federer for but I don’t think the Hurkacz one a month from 40 is one of them.
He didn't play another match as it was obvious how far off the pace he was in Halle, Stuttgart and Wimbledon. He would have been flayed alive during the US hard court season.

Another knee surgery? You mean the 'running the bath' nonsense wasn't a silent ban? :unsure:
 

Kralingen

G.O.A.T.
He didn't play another match as it was obvious how far off the pace he was in Halle, Stuttgart and Wimbledon. He would have been flayed alive during the US hard court season.

Another knee surgery? You mean the 'running the bath' nonsense wasn't a silent ban? :unsure:
He had two knee surgeries in 2020.
 
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TheNachoMan

Guest
Damn, can’t believe it’s been that long. Time really just flies..

I see it’s still producing salt though. :cool:
 

Krish872007

Talk Tennis Guru
It was a win to remember, a loss to remember - everything rolled into one. A crazy 5-hour rollercoaster. Still not really sure what to make of it - you talk about contextually significant matches and this is right up there near the top of that list in the Modern Era.

What really gets me is how much time has passed since then, and how much the tennis landscape has changed. Comfortably pre-pandemic, feels like it was in a previous lifetime

With the Big 3 not being regular fixtures on the tour it's strange - and by "regular fixture" I mean we don't see them all competing day in, day out at all the top tier events.
 
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