Roger Federer reached the 2019 Wimbledon final with the aim of winning his 21st Grand Slam. A win would have strengthened his case as the greatest of all time (GOAT). However, Federer fell short in the final to one of his challengers, Novak Djokovic. The two put up one of the greatest matches in Wimbledon history. The match was also the longest, lasting four hours and fifty-seven minutes. Djokovic won the tiebreaker after five sets but Swiss was left ruing missed opportunities as he did not put away the Serbian, despite having two consecutive match points when he was on serve.
The defeat left the 38-year-old disappointed. Federer player would have become the oldest player to win a Grand Slam title. The world No.3 later played at the US Open where he lost in the quarterfinals to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. He has recently revealed that he was heartbroken after the Wimbledon final. The 20-time Grand Slam champion restrained his emotions during the awarding ceremony. The Swiss, however, was overcome with emotion in the locker room after someone pointed out how close he had come to victory. Federer said, “In the field and also at the awards ceremony I held back the tears that were there on the border. Then as soon as I got down to the locker room, on the first comment, ‘what bad luck, you were close’. I collapsed and a few tears escaped.”
Focus on his family
20-time Grand Slam winner has since put the loss behind him. He has credited his family for helping him overcome the bitter loss. The 38-year-old went camping with his wife and four children in the Swiss Alps. Caravanning with his family has helped him focus on what’s important to avoid dwelling on the defeat. With the loss handing Djokovic his 16th Grand Slam, Federer admitted that while he was disappointed, winning, and losing is part of the sport. The defeat brought back memories of another great match between Roger and Nadal at Wimbledon which the Swiss also lost. Although he lost this year’s final, he has performed well at the British event and has won a record 8 titles.
The Federer is in action at the Laver Cup for Team World this weekend as he seeks to help his team win it for the third time in a row. He has indicated that despite the recent disappointments in major tournaments, he will continue to play and retirement is not on his mind.
Roger Federer’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.3, Roger played his last match on the 3rd of September when he lost to Grigor Dimitrov 3-6 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-2 in the quarter in U.S. Open.
This year Roger has a 43-7 win-loss record. Roger clinched 3 titles in 2019 in Dubai, in Miami and in Halle. Federer was the finalist in Indian Wells and in Wimbledon.
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