For more than a decade, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have strongly dominated the men's tennis circuit. While the Swiss master is known for his exquisite service and style, the Serbian ace earned the title of "best returner" But once, Federer didn't believe that about Djokovic.
Ten years ago, two of the current 20 Grand Slam champions competed in the semifinal of the US Open 2011. During the fifth set of that match, Federer had two match points in his bag and seemed comfortable going to the final.
What came then, however, was a ridiculous right-wing winner from Djokovic that changed the whole face of that battle. The Basel-born then lost the match 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 in three hours and 51 minutes. Furthermore, he did not accept the loss in his post-match press conference, calling the return a "fluke" Now, a Djokovic fan has fulfilled an answer for what Federer had said that day.
At the post-match conference, Federer had explicitly expressed his disappointment. Of course, he didn't want to lose, but he couldn't think of the wild shot Djokovic produced. “It's just the way he comes back that… he's just not-a guy who believes a lot, you know, a lot more in winning.
So losing to someone like that is very disappointing because you feel like he was already mentally out of place, you know. He just gets the lucky shot and that's it, ”Federer had said. After all this time, a fan has compiled a video of four Djokovic comebacks to Federer, all similarly, with the caption "Federer a little salty."
Boris Becker on Roger Federer
Roger Federer crashed out at the quarterfinal stage of Wimbledon 2021 with a straight-sets loss to Hubert Hurkacz. The Swiss is an eight-time champion at SW19 but he was comprehensively outplayed by Hurkacz, which ended his hopes of a dream comeback.
Now in a new column for the Daily Mail, Boris Becker has reiterated those concerns, while also touching upon the rise of the younger players on tour. "There is a hesitancy on my part to suggest what he should do because one thing I learned is that in tennis you are ultimately on your own," Becker said.
"You can be supported and have all the off-court help but the sport puts you in the situation where you are alone out there. It is mentally very challenging and only he will know how losing that 6-0 set really felt. I have the feeling that he (Roger Federer) will not be back at Wimbledon this time next summer after what happened this week, which I think will have been a shock to him," Becker said.
"Not just to Roger, because the pace of change at the top of the men's game has been rapid this year, and it will have taken Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal by surprise, if for different reasons."