Roger Federer never won the title at the Rome Masters, losing three finals to Rafael Nadal and Félix Mantilla. In 2009, Federer reached the semi-final at the Foro Italico and faced the defending champion, Novak Djokovic.
After two hours and 11 minutes, Djokovic beat Federer 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, earning his fourth victory over the Swiss and his first on the slowest surface. Federer had a great opportunity to cross the finish line first, playing at a high level in the first match and forging a 3-1 lead in sets two and three.
Still, that wasn't enough to propel him home, as he lost ground after the rain delay in the second set and again after taking the lead in the deciding set. The Swiss had momentum, served well in the first set and took advantage of his fifth break opportunity at 4-4 to forge the lead.
The Helvetian broke early in the second set, produced a comfortable serve turn and created more opportunities on the return in the third game that could have pushed him closer to the goal line. Novak somehow survived that third game, and then the rain sent them off the court for 70 minutes.
Once they returned, the Serbian acted as a better-prepared player, hitting harder and stealing Roger's serve in games six and eight before closing the set with his serve 6-3. Federer bounced back and produced two comfortable service games early in the deciding match and broke Djokovic in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 lead when Novak's forehand landed far from the court.
At a crucial moment, Djokovic broke in the fifth game with a forehand cross winner and leveled the score at 3-3 with a good serve. Novak had momentum in those moments, breaking Federer in games seven and nine to seal the deal and advance to the title clash against Rafael Nadal.
Bencic opens up on Federer
Belinda Bencic made sure the Swiss flag flew high at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Belinda had an absolutely breathtaking run in Tokyo where she grabbed the gold medal in the women’s singles event, defeating Marketa Vondrousova in the final.
Following her remarkable achievement, she acknowledged the well-wishes received from people. She particularly mentioned the legend, Roger Federer. Bencic said, “I am happy for Roger’s support because he has been a rock in my career and someone who I can always ask questions and ask for tips”.
Bencic is forever grateful for all the support she has received from Federer and also dedicated this victory to him. Unfortunately, the maestro himself has never won an Olympic gold medal in his career.