The Sweet Taste of Victory: Roger Federer's Final Wins Over Nadal and Djokovic
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 1797
Roger Federer turned 38 in August 2019. For the Swiss maestro, age was just a number in those months, still playing at a high level and challenging his closest rivals, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Federer won 53 out of 63 matches in 2019, lifting four titles and finishing in the top-3.
Roger felt great about his run, although he would have loved to win a Major, something he barely missed at Wimbledon. However, he mentioned his wins over Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as the season's highlights, wishing for more in 2020.
After an early loss in Melbourne, Federer bounced back with titles in Dubai and Miami. He also played in the Indian Wells final and embraced the clay swing for the first time in three years. The Swiss reached the Roland Garros semi-final and met Nadal in their first clash in Paris in eight years!
Rafa scored a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory in windy conditions to secure a place in the final.
Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in 2019.
Two legends met in another Major semi-final a few weeks later at Wimbledon.
Federer stepped in and scored a 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph in three hours and two minutes, beating his great rival for the last time and setting the title clash against Novak Djokovic. The Swiss squandered two match points in a thriller, losing 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 for one of his most brutal defeats ever.
Federer and Djokovic met again at the ATP Finals, and the Swiss earned a rock-solid 6-4, 6-3 victory in an hour and 13 minutes. Roger dropped 11 points behind the initial shot and delivered three breaks to seal the deal in style and keep Novak without a year-end no.
1 chance. "If I can take home a big one, preferably like a Wimbledon, US Open or Olympics or Australian Open, whatever it may be, that would be amazing. I would love to win a Major crown again after the year I have had, playing really well and feeling good physically.
I did not have almost any issues in terms of my health; a little something at the US Open, little things here and there, but not worth mentioning. I had some great wins in 2019. The one against Novak at the ATP Finals was special, and I also enjoyed my victory over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon.
I delivered some good tennis; the only thing missing was a Major. I want to change that in 2020 and will have to return to the drawing board with my team," Roger Federer said.