It will go down as one of the greatest matches in tennis history and a huge moment in the career of Novak Djokovic as he beat world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in a five hour and 15 minutes epic to return to a Grand Slam final for the firsttime in nearly two years.
‘It’s hard to pick the words,’ he told the BBC. ‘I’m just going through things, flash backs the last 15 months and everything I’ve been through to get here to get to the finals and beat the best player in the world in one of the longest matches I’ve played. I’m overwhelmed.小德
‘He was very, very close, he had some chances. These kind of matches you live for, you work for.’
The match had started late on Friday night, following the longest semi-final match in Wimbledon’s history between John Isner and Kevin Anderson, with the latter coming through and reaching the final.
Djokovic had a 2-1 lead coming into Saturday and admitted it had been a tough turnaround.
‘When you finish at 11pm and you have to come back to the practice court at 10.30am adrenaline is pretty high,’ he added.
‘It’s not easy to calm down. It was a late night, early morning but at the end of the day I’m so glad to overcome this challenge.’
Both Anderson and Djokovic will be knackered after their lengthy semi-finals and the 31-year-old Serb joked that they might not even be able to compete come Sunday.
‘Hopefully we can first of all play, both of us,’ he smiled.
‘He had a day off which means a lot. I wish I could have one.
‘I’m in the finals of Wimbledon, it’s an incredible achievement for me considering what I’ve been through.’