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On this day last year, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic gave tennis fans one of the most enthralling Wimbledon finals of all-time with a 4-hour, 57-minute marathon match that saw Djokovic escape Federer 13-12 in the fifth set.
That victory gave Djokovic his 16th Grand Slam title and he went on to win the Australian Open in February for a 17th major – putting him just three behind 38-year-old Federer (who holds the record with 20) and two behind 34-year-old Rafael Nadal (who is close behind with 19 Grand Slams).
If there’s any tennis player who was hurt by the coronavirus pandemic stoppage, and subsequent cancellation of 2020’s French Open and Wimbledon slams, it is the aging Federer. His fheartbreaking loss to Djokovic might’ve been his last chance to win another Grand Slam championship. His ability to reach finals in the latter stages of his career speaks to his greatness and garners him respect as he’s currently considered by many the greatest of all-time.
But the debate for the men’s tennis…