Roger Federer: 'Matches like this get fans in the streets'

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Roger Federer: 'Matches like this get fans in the streets'

Roger Federer said: “I was still happy to be at 8-all, 9-all. I don't remember what it was. You’ve got to try to see the positives, you try to take it as a good thing that you're not down a break or that the match is not over yet.

If I could have picked it before the match to be at 9-all in the fifth, that wouldn't be a terrible thing. You just always try to push yourself to see things on the better side. But it was definitely tough to have those chances”.

"We know what a great sport it is. I don't think we need the matches, per se. Maybe we need them to sometimes cross over to other sports, maybe get to the fans in the streets and so forth. If that's the case, that this match did something like this, I think that's great.

I think it was a great match with wonderful points played. It had everything. Novak played also amazing today. So I hope it resonates in a big way”. The six-time Major winner Boris Becker loved the entire match: "There were so many highlight shots, there were so many changes, so much drama, we asked for a final and if we'd got 10% of that we'd have been happy.Last year's final between Novak and Kevin Anderson, who was tired after the long semi-final, ended up being a no-match.

Everything today was the opposite, everything today was why love the sport", concluded the German, who coached Djokovic from 2013 to 2016.