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Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer 'quality wise, the best ever match,' says Grand Slam legend

The 2019 Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer was the pinnacle of tennis quality, says one Grand Slam legend. We what it's worth, we agree.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer Wimbledon

Stefan Edberg has declared the 2019 Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as the best match he has ever seen in terms of quality.

Djokovic and Federer have 15 Wimbledon titles between them, with the Serbian winning the latest of his seven against Nick Kyrgios in 2022 - his fourth in a row.

It was Djokovic who won the one in 2019 too, with him eventually coming through 7–6, 1–6, 7–6, 4–6, 13–12 after nearly four hours of action.

That was the longest Wimbledon final in history, and it is likely to remain that given the subsequent changes in the deciding set tiebreak.

For Edberg, though, it was also the highest standard of tennis he has ever seen.

“Personally, this is the place to come back to if I had to choose one place," Edberg said reflecting on his appearance at the parade of champions on Centre Court last week.

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"Since growing up watching [Bjorn] Borg winning his five titles here to playing here myself, winning [the title]. You always feel very welcome when you come back to Wimbledon.

“You have a lot of inspiration here. At the same time, a lot of tradition as well. Borg vs [John] McEnroe back in 1980.

"So many of us have watched the [Roger] Federer vs [Rafael] Nadal match [2008 final], that stands out, it might be one of the best matches.

“And recently, I watched this very long match when Novak Djokovic beat Roger in the [2019] final a couple of years ago, having match points. That was probably, quality-wise, the best match that I've seen in my entire life at Wimbledon."

Edberg himself is considered Wimbledon royalty, with him winning two of his six career majors at The Championships.

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