Two years ago, 20-time Major champion Roger Federer suffered one of the most brutal defeats of his glorious career against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon. The Swiss squandered two match points in a 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 loss after four hours and 57 minutes and the longest All England Club final of the season!
history! Federer won 14 more points than Djokovic in that thrilling title match, scoring four more breaks than the defending champion and wasting two match points on his serve at 8-7 in the deciding set that went to the end.
Novak had nerves of steel in all three tiebreaks to lift the 16th Major title, he failed to create a breakthrough opportunity in the first two hours and 15 minutes and was still on the bright side! Federer led 5-3 before dropping four points in a row to hand the first-set tiebreaker to Djokovic, who scored no winners or errors on those ten points.
The Swiss quickly put this setback behind him, attacking the Serb to take the second set 6-1 and positioning himself as a better player in the third before wasting a break opportunity before another tiebreaker. Novak secured it 7-4 after six errors by Roger, four in an unforced area from the backhand, costing him a slow start and a more reliable finish.
After all sorts of drama in the deciding set and a great breakaway in Games 16 and 23, Novak was the favorite in the crucial tie break and claimed 7-3 to close out the title and one of his most extraordinary victories.
Roger Federer played 13 matches in 2021
The 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is a doting family man.
Father of four children, two identical twin daughters and two identical twin sons, Federer has a herculean task of managing the taxing demands of his tennis career along with playing the role of a family man. Recently, in an interview with Schweizer Illustrierte, the Swiss Maestro narrated an interesting anecdote that happened after the legendary 2019 Wimbledon Championships Final against Novak Djokovic.
To put things into perspective, it was a devastating loss for Federer. Despite having two championships points in the fifth set, Federer failed to convert both opportunities and suffered an agonizing defeat. “The kids were so excited and wanted to sleep in it the night before they left.
I just thought, ‘Oh, no. Please do not! I just want to go to my bed! ‘”No question who got the upper hand. Even after the historic 5-hour crime thriller, the children had no mercy on Dad. “Of course there were six of us spent the night in the camper”. said Federer.