Wimbledon 2019 Final: Novak Djokovic [1] vs Roger Federer [2]

Wimbledon 2019 Champion

  • Djokovic in 3

    Votes: 33 11.7%
  • Djokovic in 4

    Votes: 86 30.5%
  • Djokovic in 5

    Votes: 38 13.5%
  • Federer in 3

    Votes: 16 5.7%
  • Federer in 4

    Votes: 72 25.5%
  • Federer in 5

    Votes: 37 13.1%

  • Total voters
    282

Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
The hope for frauderistas must be that Djoko overextended himself in the first set to take it. His bubble burst. Whereas Federer, the player with more initiative, was playing more within his current level and can therefore sustain it better.

This set'll tell.
 

Zhilady

Professional
He's clearly tanking this set. Just like Federer did against Nadal. I still think it's a great tactic for these old guys in best-of-five. Take a set off if you can't maintain the level and just reset for the next set.
Yeah, no. Federer was the older player in the semifinal and had more need to conserve energy, physical and mental. Not to mention, he had the final to look forward to. None of which is true now. Djokovic is the younger player and there is no subsequent match. The harder he works this set, the harder Federer will have to work too. It's not like Nadal is waiting in the post-final.
 

Thetouch

Professional
Djokovic made a huge mistake, he should have won his serve and then tank the set. Now Federer starts serving for the 3rd set which is always an advantage. lol
 

mightyrick

Legend
I mean I don't understand why the best returner ever would tank after being 2-0 down, but sure, after being two breaks down he definitely is tanking.
It's two things: 1) Gamesmanship, and 2) Energy management.

If the other guy is redlining his level over yours, why waste the energy trying to get back a break if you just don't feel mentally there? Instead, better to just take a mental break, let the other guy feel like he's playing the best tennis ever, and then come back in the next set completely focused.

I think it is a great psychological tactic. If Djokovic breaks Federer in the first service game... do you know how demoralizing that will be to Federer? Especially if Federer thinks he's just playing the greatest tennis ever.
 
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