Novak Djokovic recalls: 'Roger Federer used my errors'

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Novak Djokovic recalls: 'Roger Federer used my errors'

After passing some 60 rivals on the ATP ranking list in 2006, Novak Djokovic was ready for more in the following season, preparing for all the challenges and seeking big trophies. The Belgrade native won the title in Adelaide at the beginning of 2007, lifting the third ATP trophy of his young career and heading to Melbourne with a desire to show his best tennis after early exits at the season's first Major in 2005 and 2006.

Novak was one of the players to beat after the opening three rounds. He ousted Nicolas Massu (lost only two games), Feliciano Lopez and Danai Udomchoke, losing one set to arrange his third meeting with world no. 1 Roger Federer, who beat him twice in 2006.

Novak Djokovic lost to Roger Federer at the 2007 Australian Open.

The Swiss proved to be too good again and defeated the Serb 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 in an hour and 50 minutes to reach quarters and remain on the title course. Roger lost only 20 points in 15 service games and faced only two break chances in the entire encounter.

Novak broke him once to remain competitive in set number two, but that was all we saw from a teenager after he dropped 45% of the points in his games and suffered five breaks from eight chances offered to Roger. Blasting around 50 winners and 25 unforced errors, Federer was almost always in front, having the upper hand in the shortest and mid-range exchanges to leave Novak behind and deliver the Serb's first loss of the season.

"I'm feeling sorry for losing the match; that's always how you feel, even against world no. 1. I have to be satisfied with everything I did in Australia, Adelaide, and Melbourne, but I could not do much today. My first serve percentage was low, and that's always very important, especially if you play against the rival who uses every opportunity you offer to him.

I did not have confidence behind the initial shot and had to chase the result in all three sets. I managed to come back in the second but did not play well in that 12th game, making some costly unforced errors. He used them and won the set.

If I managed to get into a tie break, maybe I could have won the set and changed the course of the clash, but that did not happen," Novak Djokovic said.