After two incredible seasons in 2004 and 2005 that had placed him above all other Tour players, Roger Federer raised his bar even further in 2006 to score 92 wins in 97 games and lift 12 titles. Federer claimed 13 more points than the opponent, although that wasn't enough to push him to the top earlier, with a break for every player in the first two sets before that thrilling decider that went all the way.
Takao was ready to give 200% of it against the powerful rival at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo. He broke Roger in the third game and closed the first set with a 5-4 control, dominating with his serve and backhand to get close to his career best win.
With no room for mistakes, Roger took a break at 5-5 in the second set and secured it with his serve in the next while waiting for a more relaxed decider. Instead, Suzuki pushed the world number one to the limit to reach a tiebreaker before losing it 7-3 to send Federer to the top and miss a chance to stun the entire tennis world.
"There is always the fear of losing when you are at a disadvantage. It is a normal feeling, but you try to think of ways to get back to the front. It was a close match for both players, and we both held service comfortably."
Federer played 13 matches this season
In an incredible run that saw him win three majors on the trot, Novak Djokovic also joined Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 titles each. The Serb could have went on to claim the 21st major at the US Open, but Daniil Medvedev had different plans.
Post his Wimbledon victory, the World No.1 said that none of the three would stop winning slams when asked about him tying the record with Nadal and Federer. Talking about the comment made by the Serb, Federer mentioned in a recent interview that Djokovic’s 2021 season has been phenomenal and looks forward to see how their careers continue.
“Well, look, he obviously was speaking for himself. He’s on adrenaline when he’s saying that and he doesn’t know where I am or where Rafael is. But he means well, obviously. I think his year again has been phenomenal”, told the Swiss Maestro.
“Wow. When I was coming up the record was 12 and “Pistol” got to it, you know, and went up to 14. Then I passed him in 2009, making it 15. That was clearly a huge moment for me, tying with him in Paris and then breaking it when at Wimbledon”.